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Kenya Unveils Quest for Two Global Postal Positions

Posted on: 25th February 2020

Amb. Dr. Cleopa Mailu (right), Kenya’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva addressing delegates at a reception hosted by Kenya in Switzerland to unveil Kenya’s campaign to two key global postal positions. Kenya is seeking re-election for another term of four years at the Universal Postal Union’s  Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council

Kenya on Monday unveiled its bid for two key global positions in the postal sector.

Kenya is seeking re-election for another term of four years at the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Council of Administration and the Postal Operations Council, which are key decision-making organs of the United Nation’s specialized agency for the postal sector.

Amb. Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Kenya’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, put a strong case for Kenya at a reception hosted at the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland.

”We are convinced that working together, we can succeed in attaining our set goals of making the Union a springboard for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),’’ said Dr.Mailu.

Kenya has held decision-making positions at the apex of the Union where it has been instrumental in spearheading groundbreaking contributions that have enhanced the development of the institution and the global postal services.

The outgoing Director General of the International Bureau of the UPU Amb.Bishar Hussein from Kenya has been at the helm of the organization for eight years during which he has presided over several reforms and initiatives that have greatly revitalized the Union. His tenure ends on 31st December 2020.

Amb. Dr.Mailu added that Kenya remains committed to the work of the Union to ensure that it to delivers value not only to its members but also to the general betterment of humanity.

He added that with the Post facing challenges from emerging technologies, it is only through concerted efforts that the world can unlock immense opportunities the industry holds.

Communications Authority of Kenya’s (CA) Acting Director General, Mrs. Mercy Wanjau said Kenya has gained immensely from its membership to the UPU, especially through technical assistance and capacity building for various initiatives in the postal sector.

”The ICT regulator will continue to draw from the pool of expertise made available by the Union and regularly seek opportunities to grow the Postal sector,’’ noted Mrs.Wanjau.

Amb. Hussein, who also spoke at the event, thanked Kenya and the world for the support accorded to him during his term in office.

It is through the technical assistance of the UPU that Kenya became the first country in Africa to implement a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system for monitoring mail quality of service for the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK).

Kenya is also at advanced stages in the development of a National Addressing System, which is anticipated to greatly catalyze the uptake of e-commerce in the country.

The UPU is currently discussing important topics aimed towards strengthening its efficiency towards serving the global community. These include fostering the development of e-commerce, opening up of the Union to the wider postal stakeholders, implementation of the recently adopted Terminal Dues System, and improvement of the Union’s financial capacity.

Others who spoke at the event include Kenya’s Ambassador to Switzerland, Andrew Kihurani.

Elections for the various positions at the UPU will take place during the 27th UPU Congress to be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 10th to 28th August 2020.

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