Egypt Post will participate in the meetings of the Board of Directors of the Universal Postal Union under the slogan “Digitizing postal services and developing e-commerce” in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, during the period from 9 to 28 August 2021, according to a statement from the Postal Authority today, Thursday.
Dr. Sherif Farouk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Post, said that these meetings are of special importance, as they will address many important pivotal issues related to the future of postal work and the challenges it faces around the world.
He added that Egypt will run during the conference for membership of the board of directors and postal investment for the Union for the session (2021-2025), elect a new Director General of the Union and elect a Deputy Director General of the Union for the same session.
An integrated product plan will also be agreed upon, the reform of the new contribution system in the Union’s budget will be discussed, and the mechanism for financing the pension fund for Union employees will be agreed upon, in addition to coordination regarding the African position on opening the door of the Universal Postal Union to the actors, according to Sherif Farouk.
Farouk delivered Egypt’s speech, on behalf of Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, at the high-level ministerial conference, which was held in the presence of the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, the Prime Minister of Mali, several ministers of post and communications, heads of postal administrations, postal regulators and heads of diplomatic missions in Côte d’Ivoire.
During the speech, he stressed that the Post is a real partner for financial inclusion and regional integration, and reviewed the achievements made by Egypt Post in the field of digital transformation, e-commerce and financial inclusion, and how to benefit from the Egyptian experience in the field of financial inclusion and disseminate it to all African countries, in light of the Universal Postal Union’s recommendation to take advantage of From the leading Egyptian experience in this field.
On the sidelines of the conference, Farouk discussed with Patrick Ache, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, the topics on the conference’s agenda. At the end of the meeting, the President of Egypt Post presented the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire a shield for the celebration of the Royal Mummies Procession and the Royal Mummies Stamp Album issued by Egypt Post to document this important event.
The President of Egypt Post also held several intensive bilateral meetings and meetings with the Minister of Digital Economy and Post in Côte d’Ivoire, the Palestinian Minister of Communications, Arab delegations participating in the conference, candidates for the post of Director General and Deputy Director General of the Universal Postal Union, and representatives of postal unions participating in the conference activities.
These meetings aimed to reach an agreement that would make amendments to the current regulations to serve the interests of Egypt, developing countries and the least developed countries, according to the statement.
The President of the Post stated that these meetings represent an appropriate opportunity to discuss issues related to Egypt Post with the various member countries of the Union, and provide an opportunity to enhance cooperation and exchange experiences between all postal administrations participating in the fields of postal service provision and the implementation of digital transformation.
He explained that digital transformation has become an indispensable necessity in the development of postal services, noting that the meetings also constitute an opportunity to exchange experiences on the application of financial inclusion through the establishment of a solidarity action mechanism between postal institutions around the world.