Council of Administration wraps with rallying call for enhanced cooperation

27.04.2018 - The plenary session of the Council of Administration wrapped up on April 27, sending forward several proposals to be decided at the Extraordinary Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this September.

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein urged member countries to maintain the spirit of collaboration as they head to Addis Ababa.

“We may have our differences in opinions, we have our different views, but at the end of the day we have a common destiny and a common responsibility to make sure that the organization moves forward and produces results,” said the Director General.

The Extraordinary Congress will decide on four key issues, including: UPU reform, reform of the system applied to member country contributions, the Integrated Product and Integrated Remuneration Plans, and the reform to the UPU’s Provident Scheme.

UPU Deputy Director General Pascal Clivaz in remarks earlier in the day called upon member countries to keep transformation front of mind while considering these matters, which will have a profound impact on how effectively the UPU and its member countries can respond to rapidly changing sector demands.

“We should be guided by the fact that we cannot achieve good results in an environment that is rapidly changing if we remain static. Change is not only necessary, but inevitable. Change should be a permanent feature of our work,” said the Deputy Director General.

Mr. Clivaz explained that UPU was evolving to maintain its position as “a source of competitive advantage” for all postal stakeholders, noting that in recent years it had created specialized events for postal CEOs and ministers and would soon create a new forum for heads of postal regulators.

Council members were given an update on the organization of the Congress, including proposed designation of chairs and vice-chairs for each Congress committee, countries designated to present proposals, and information on the Ministerial Strategy Conference to be held within the week-long event.

The Council plenary also heard a number of updates on cooperation with other UN, international and partner organizations. In particular, it welcomed a new partnership with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on philatelic development.

The Council achieved all 22 of its assigned deliverables for the session, adding to the 65 deliverables already tackled in its previous two meetings.

Forty-one countries comprise the Council of Administration, which oversees the work of the UPU between Congresses and studies regulatory, administrative and legal issues. It meets twice per year for one week at the UPU’s International Bureau in Berne, Switzerland.

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