Qatar is making huge contributions towards the process of developing a better future for the postal sector worldwide, the Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Seif al-Sulaiti stated, following the country’s achievement in 27th Universal Postal Congress.
The minister’s statement comes in line with Qatar securing a seat on the board of Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Council of Administration after an election was held at the conclusion of the 27th Universal Postal Congress held in Abidjan, Republic of Ivory Coast.
UPU member countries elected the next UPU director general, deputy director-general, members of the Postal Operations Council (POC), and UPU’s Council of Administration (CA) for the 2022-2025 period.
The CA consists of 41 member countries, which represent five geographical groups, one of which is Group No 4, ‘Southern Asia and Oceania’ that has allocated 10 seats, one of which is won by Qatar. The CA members meet annually at UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, and ensure the continuity of the UPU’s work between the Universal Postal Congresses, which convenes every four years and is considered the supreme authority of the UPU.
Moreover, to ensure that the UPU is able to react quickly to changes in the postal environment, the CA has the power to approve proposals by the POC for the adoption of regulations or new procedures.
The event was attended by a Qatari delegation from the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Qatar Post, headed by CRA president Mr. Mohamed Ali al-Mannai.
“We are proud that Qatar won a seat on the board of UPU’s Council of Administration, and we look forward to Qatar’s contribution, along with other member countries, to shaping the future of the global postal sector for the better, especially that the postal sector is constantly evolving with the growth of eCommerce globally, which leads to the emergence of new issues and challenges for all parties, regulatory bodies and postal institutions around the world, and thus more cooperation and coordination between the UPU and the postal sector players are needed.”
“We are happy with this winning and the role that Qatar will play through contributing to supervising the UPU’s activities and studying regulatory, administrative, legislative, and legal issues. That will have a direct effect on the development of the postal sector in Qatar and other local sectors associated with postal services,” Mr. Al-Mannai said.
Qatar Post chairman and managing director Mr. Faleh al-Naemi said, “We are pleased with this achievement, which indicates the international confidence in Qatar and its experience in the postal field, to contribute along with other member countries in taking the necessary measures to resolve postal urgent issues and approving the yearly updates of the new World Postal Strategy that will be followed by postal institutions around the world until the year 2025, to ensure the development of the global postal sector.”
The UPU is an UN-specialized agency and one of the world’s oldest international organizations. The UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players and has 192 member countries. Qatar is a member of the UPU since 1969.