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Universal Postal Union

(UPU), specialized agency of the United Nations since 1948, with headquarters at Bern, Switzerland. Established in 1875 following adoption of the Universal Postal Convention, it is one of the oldest extant international governmental organizations. The union was associated with the United Nations in 1947. The Universal Postal Congress, the governing body, usually meets every four years to discuss and adopt a world postal strategy and consider the activities of the executive council, whose 40 members are elected on a geographical basis and meet yearly. Countries that belong to the union form a unified postal territory with easy international exchange of mail. The union also provides technical assistance and advice in attempts to improve postal service, especially in developing countries. It facilitates the development of the contemporary postal network which, in addition to the traditional delivery of mail, also includes electronic and financial services. The UPU has 191 member nations.
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The Ecom@Africa initiative is a cooperation project between the Tunisian Post and the Universal Postal Union "UPU" for the implementation of a Regional Hub for North Africa dedicated to the exchange of postal items related to e-commerce.
'We encourage everyone to take a moment to appreciate our gallant postmen and postwomen and their daily dedication is a testament to the mission of the Universal Postal Union: delivering universal postal services for all in order to facilitate communication between all citizens of the world,' the message said.
Notably, the Universal Postal Union is considered the main forum for cooperation between postal sectors in around the world, as the union aims to ensure the existence of a global network that devises rules to international mail exchange, and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in financial services, in addition to improving the quality of services to customers.
State of Qatar participated yesterday in the plenary session of the Board of Directors of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which was held at its headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.
"There is a specialised committee which selects the entries that best suit the theme of the event, following which a panel of international judges formed by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) for this purpose will evaluate the entries," Shaikh Bader said.
Postal Services Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga, Deputy Minister Sanath Jayasuriya, Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathna, Director General of Universal Postal Union International Bureau Bishar Hussein and Director of APPU Int'l Bureau Lin Hongliang were present at the inaugural session.
During the meeting the sides agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of postal services by signing the Agreement on the international parcels exchange between JSC "Kazpost" and Emirates Post Holding Group, as well as the Agreement on international electronic money order exchange through International Financial System of Universal Postal Union.
Muscat: Dr Hamad bin Salim Al Rawahy, the chief executive of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and his accompanying delegation recently met with Universal Postal Union (UPU) Director-General Bishar Hussein in the Swiss capital, Bern.
According to the Universal Postal Union said that the letters have risen by a third over the past five years, News.com.au reported.
Islamabad -- Hand to hand with Universal Postal Union, Pakistan Post traditionally celebrates the World Post Day every year on October 9, with a new resolve to provide postal services, financial services, customized e-services, logistic services to the customers meeting the demands of the technology driven competitive environment.
06 (Saba) - The Cabinet approved on Wednesday the documents of the 25th Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) adopted in Doha, Qatar.
Dubai: Emirates Post on Wednesday marked World Post Day by awarding 13 students who won the annual international letter writing competition of the Universal Postal Union.

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