REMARKS FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF UPU Arusha, Tanzania Postal Revenue Protection Workshop
Mr Permanent Secretary, Distinguished Colleagues,
It is a great pleasure to be here and to convey this message on behalf of the Director General of the UPU, Mr. Edouard Dayan.
Mr Dayan asked me in particular to extend my appreciation to:
- Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Florens Turuka;
- The Secretary General of the Pan African Postal Union
- Tanzania Post and in particular the Postmaster General, Mr Mdeme for helping us organize this training;
- Jean-Philippe Ducasse, on behalf of the UPU Consultative Committee, and Dave Bowers of the United States Postal Inspection Services, in preparing the agenda and supporting the working group through the years;
- John Manson, from Royal Mail, on whose work our success is based;
- Finally, I would also like to thank Mr Madulesi, from Tanzania Post Corporation and Mr Nathan Mkandawire, and the Secretariat from PAPU for their help in organizing the logistics and accommodation for the participants and speakers
and welcome everyone to the 3rd workshop on Postal Revenue Protection.
This activity is a key deliverable of the UPU’s Postal Revenue Protection programme which was initiated by its Consultative Committee. For those of you who are not familiar with the Consultative Committee, it is the third circle of the UPU, which embraces organizations from across the postal sector, that is to say, designated postal operators and representatives of the wider sector, such as mailers, technology providers, and even private operators.
This workshop is a collaboration between the UPU, Tanzania Post, PAPU and the Consultative Committee. Having practised and proven the methodology of the workshop for our Asian and Arab audiences, we are very pleased to be able to present it to our African colleagues.
The workshop gives us the opportunity to share best practices, further develop the postal network, and to share new ideas, while improving old ones.
With this workshop we are demonstrating how the public and private sector can work together.
As with any initiative, it is always best to work together, as we will this week. Working alone, we cannot adequately address all of the various revenue protection issues. Working as a team gives us a much more satisfying and efficient outcome.
As you know, there are many challenges faced by today’s postal sector. As the business models continue to evolve, the approach to security and revenue protection needs to adapt.
At the UPU we are continuing to look at better ways to satisfy the needs of member-countries. With this in mind and mindful of the UPU’s Regional Development Plans (RDP), the Postal Security Group is looking to regionalize this important activity.
Tactics used by stamp counterfeiters and other criminals constantly change. New technologies make revenue collection more effective. Innovative postal products require specific revenue protection plans. It is up to the UPU, using its experts, and in cooperation with Restricted unions, to monitor these trends, analyse the risks, identify new tools and methods, and share best practices by providing training to designated operators.
We have a full agenda. I encourage everyone to participate in discussions, and to provide your thoughts and comments. When you leave and go back to your offices, take with you the information from this workshop and determine which strategy will best work within your administration.
Mr Permanent Secretary, Distinguished colleagues, the Universal Postal Union stands ready to assist its members-countries and Posts to do all they can to protect their revenue and thus create a more secure and stable business environment.
I thank you once again for honouring us with your presence.