Message from the Director General

Welcome message from the UPU Director General

The 2018 UPU World CEO Forum is the third time we have brought together our postal chief executives to deliberate on the emerging trends in the post and come up with a strategic direction for future business.

This year, we will share our insights on whether it is a new business portfolio, better performance or a redefined mission that is the key to harnessing the opportunities offered by digitization – what we call “postal digital dividends”.

As always, we encourage you to take advantage of the exclusive nature of this Forum and network with your peers over the next two days. The Forum’s key messages will be conveyed to the Ministerial Strategy Conference to be held during the Extraordinary Congress in Addis Ababa this September.

What a pleasure it is to reunite in Istanbul! The vibrant city is a bridge between Europe and Asia. In many ways, the Forum, by bringing together so many CEOs, is itself a dynamic bridge for transferring knowledge, ideas and information. UPU, from the start, has had a single, driving ambition for the Forum: to help CEOs build a powerful vision of the postal future, and support them in their drive to do so.

We are currently implementing the Istanbul World Postal Strategy, which was set into motion in this very city at our Universal Postal Congress two years ago. I wish to thank Turkish Post for welcoming us back, and for their gracious hosting of this Forum.

Finally, my warm thanks to you all for joining us in Istanbul.

Bishar A. Hussein