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Forum to highlight postal sector’s contribution to SDGs

How to release the postal sector’s immense potential in service delivery and profitability is the topic of the Universal Postal Union’s Ministerial Strategy Conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from September 6 to 7, 2018.

 Pascal Clivaz

UPU’s Deputy Director General, Pascal Clivaz

Speaking about the forthcoming conference, UPU’s Deputy Director General, Pascal Clivaz, said: “UPU is proud to hold the conference in Addis Ababa. The views of ministers and regulators are vital to the future of the global postal sector as innovative policies and regulations can energise the sector and stimulate efficiency.”

Titled, “Gearing up the postal sector to drive socio-economic development”, the conference will hear from high profile speakers including ministers in charge of the sector, regulatory chiefs, heads of intergovernmental agencies, and other senior leaders.

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Held two days, panel sessions include discussions on developing effective policies, encouraging investments in the postal sector, regulating in the age of digital innovation, and the importance of partnerships in sustaining the relevance of the sector.

The conference will take place during UPU’s Extraordinary Congress in Addis Ababa, from September 3 to 7, which is scheduled to discuss the reform of the Union as the spur for encouraging significant changes in the overall postal sector.

In May, UPU released its annual “Postal Development Report” exploring the relationship between a country’s postal development and progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Research, for example, found that postal infrastructure is relatively more resilient than any other national physical infrastructure, as its operations rely primarily on people.


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