The Government of Uganda has once again won the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Council seat for a second term. The UPU elections were held this week, at the 26th Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. Uganda was among 16 African countries that were vying for 11 seats at the Council of Administration (CA). Uganda came 6th, beating 10 countries. Uganda’s win at the Council will ensure continuity and steady progress of UPU’s work particularly having a say in Congress, coordinating study groups, regulatory and legislative innervations among others.
UPU is a UN specialised agency that coordinates postal policies among member states. It is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players that helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services. UPU fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services and improving the quality of service for customers
Uganda has been a member of the Council of Administration from 2012 to 2016 and is seeking reelection to the Council for the 2016 to 2020 Cycle. The Council of Administration (CA) consists of 41 member countries with each having representation at the Council.
These are the Benefits of Uganda’s Membership to Universal Postal Union (UPU) and CA?
Membership to the CA leverages Uganda’s input into decision making on activities and policy direction of the Universal Postal Union. This includes issues on reform of the Union intended to ensure its relevance to members in a modern era.
- As a member of CA at UPU, Uganda is responsible for ensuring harmonised positions on issues of common interest for the African region at global level.
- Membership to UPU empowers the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) as the country’s representing agency to align Uganda’s Postal sector to global postal benchmarks through participation in expert sector discussions.
- Active participation creates future career opportunities for Ugandans in international and regional sector bodies as well as the UPU secretariat. This creates a good outlook of Uganda as a nation.
- Active participation ensures that we as a nation keep abreast of the developments in the postal sector, global trends, new postal products and services as well as other internationally trending topical sector issues.
- When we align to the adopted congress 4-year strategy, it ensures that our postal standards and services are compliant to the adopted international postal standards and services.
- As members of UPU and the UPU Administrative Council, Uganda gets an opportunity to network and learn/share best practices in terms of ongoing national postal programs and projects in other countries as well as learning from successes and challenges of other administrations.
- Because of the diverse membership of the Union, membership and active participation of Uganda through the UCC enhances opportunities for sector project funding with development partners as well as technical support from international industry experts.
- Membership gives Uganda opportunity to benefit from the Union’s capacity building programmes.
The Ugandan delegation in Instanbul was headed by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, whose hard work and campaign led Uganda to one of its greatest success internationally.