UNCTAD High Level Panel: Digital Transformation For All – Empowering Entrepreneurs And Small Business

Statement by UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein, Geneva, Switzerland, 25 April 2017

The network is an important infrastructure with a footprint in every village and city of the whole world.

UPU single postal territory ensures free movement of items globally.

The network is an important global asset of inclusion for SME and citizens.

Digital transformation is a strategic priority for Posts to be relevant.

UPU is assisting Posts worldwide to implement new technologies to adapt to customer demands – IPS, IFS, CDS, and .POST.

An ICT enabled Postal network is an essential contributor to achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Recently UPU has launched Ecom@Africa with the following values:

  • Universality: national, regional and global reach
  • Inclusion: inclusive access to e-commerce for buyers and sellers (SMEs)
  • Openness: initiative welcomes public–private partnerships
  • Sustainability: UN Sustainable Development Goals as a reference framework

We envision a postal digital free trade framework for inclusive growth for all based upon the single postal territory enshrined in the UPU treaty.