Kenya has been elected into three key positions of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a top UN agency dealing with the postal services.
Ambassador Bishar Hussein of Kenya was re-elected as the director general of UPU for a further four-year term (2017-2020).
Kenya was also elected as a member of the UPU Council of Administration (CA) and the Postal Operations Council (POC), at elections held at the ongoing 26th UPU Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Congress is the top decision-making organ of the UPU, and is held after four years. The Council of Administration on the other hand ensures the continuity of UPU’s work between congresses, and consists of 41 member countries.
The Postal Operations Council is the technical and operational mind of the UPU and consists of 40 member countries, also elected during Congress.
Bishar was first elected in 2012 during the 25th Congress in Doha, Qatar, and will now serve up to 2020. Mr. Pascal Clivaz, a Swiss national, was also re-elected as the UPU Deputy Director General.
Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, foreign affairs cabinet secretary and Joe Mucheru, her ICT counterpart, led the campaign for Kenya’s candidacies during the Congress.
Other members of Kenya’s delegation to the UPU Congress included Sammy Itemere, Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Fatuma Hirsi, Principal Secretary for Tourism, and Francis Wangusi, Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).
On his re-election, Hussein thanked UPU member states for the trust shown to him through this re-election and pledged to continue serving the Union diligently in his second mandate.
“I will work with member countries to help them develop new products and services that are relevant to today’s demands by postal customers. We must continuously innovate and improve our products and services to remain competitive and relevant to the market,” Hussein said in a report African leadership magazine.
World Post Day 2016-10-09
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and industry players are observing this year’s World Post Day 2016 in a low-key celebration.
One of the first examples of globalization, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established 142 years ago as a means of creating a seamless network for communicating across borders, allowing the Post to deliver the world.
A staff of NIPOST who preferred anonymity told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the Postal Sector in Nigeria is observing this year’s occasion in a low-key manner as a reflection of the state of the economy.
According to her, “The PMG was appointed just few months ago and it seems he wants to take his time in observing the operations of the Service before embarking on major occasion. NIPOST is a big organisation and the postal industry in Nigeria is big too, however, the state of the economy reflects on every facet of the society. It will not be out of place to hold a very low-key celebration. The most important thing is to get the industry working at its optimal level
Industry dynamics and consumer demands have today pushed the Post to deliver right to customers' homes – at their doorstep as World Post Day is observed October 9 every year.
The event was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) creation in 1874.
The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post's role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.
As a result, the UPU's member countries are encouraged to organize their own national activities to celebrate the event, including everything from the introduction or promotion of new postal products and services, to the organization of open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums.
For countries participating in the UPU International Letter-Writing Competition, national winners are often honoured on 9 October.