On July 19th, the Minister of State for Communication, Shri Devusinh Chauhan, and the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Mr. Masahiko Metoki, jointly inaugurated the Regional Office of UPU in New Delhi. This office will be responsible for carrying out UPU’s technical assistance activities in the South Asia region. The establishment of the office was made possible through a host country agreement with the Department of Posts, India. This new regional office will play a crucial role in facilitating postal services and cooperation among countries in the South Asian region.
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The inauguration of the UPU Regional Office in India marks a crucial milestone in promoting cooperation and progress within the postal sector.
- This office will serve as a platform for exchanging ideas, experiences, and expertise, accelerating the modernization and transformation of postal services.
- By fostering collaboration among UPU member countries in the Asia Pacific region, it aims to encourage innovation and facilitate knowledge sharing to enhance postal services.
- To further support the development of the postal sector in the region, India has pledged a financial contribution of $200,000 over four years for UPU’s Development and Technical Assistance activities through the Asia Pacific Postal Union. This contribution will aid in capacity building, infrastructure development, and other essential activities.
The establishment of the UPU Regional Office in India reflects India’s commitment to South-South cooperation and its active role in global postal development. It opens doors to joint initiatives and capacity-building programs, enhancing the quality of postal services, promoting cross-border e-commerce, and contributing to economic development and social well-being in the region.
About Universal Postal Union
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system.
The UPU was established in 1874 by the Treaty of Bern. It is the world’s second-oldest international organization after the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The UPU has 192 member countries, which represent over 99% of the world’s population.
- Establish and maintain the international postal system.
- Promote the development of postal services.
- Harmonize postal rates and regulations.
- Provide technical assistance to member countries.
- Promote the use of the postal service for social and economic development.
The UPU’s headquarters are located in Bern, Switzerland. The UPU is an important organization that plays a vital role in the global economy. It helps to ensure that the postal service is available to everyone, regardless of where they live. The UPU also helps to promote the development of postal services and to harmonize postal rates and regulations. This makes it easier for people to send and receive mail internationally.
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The UPU also has a Council of Administration, which is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Council is composed of representatives from 40 member countries.