Algeria hosted the 37th Ordinary session of the PAPU Administrative Council.
The 37th Ordinary Session of the PAPU Administrative Council was held from 10th to 12th April, 2018, in Algiers, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
The Council was presided over by the incoming Chairman Mr. Tontama Charles Millogo, the Chairman of the Regulatory Board of Burkina Faso.
The official opening ceremony was presided over by the Algerian Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technologies and Digitalization, Mrs Houda Imane Faraoun.
Speaking on behalf of the Algerian Government, she appreciated the fact that her country had been chosen to host the 37th Ordinary Session of the PAPU Administrative Council. She pointed out that “Your presence here today is eloquent testimony to your unwavering commitment to promoting postal services on the African continent under the umbrella of the Pan African Postal Union; an organization of which Algeria is one of the founding members”.
A Smart Post
She went ahead to call on all African countries to invest more in developing the postal sector, emphasizing that it remains a viable infrastructure that is at the very heart of the economy.
However, given that this will require heavy investments that many African countries may not be able to afford, Algeria has opted to build a “ – Smart African Post” whose primary objective will be to establish a single postal network and territory for Africa that will roll out modern, standardized and high quality products and services.
She concluded her statement by underscoring that this Smart African Post will develop the postal network and diversify Africa’s postal services by launching a platform to host postal and audit products and services on the one hand, and introduce the much-needed audit, revision, accreditation and authentication bodies on the other hand.
The following Administrative Council members participated in the session: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The following countries and organizations also participated as observers: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Libya, Malawi, South Africa, Universal Postal Union (UPU), ATU, CRASA, WAPCO, COPTAC, Inter Africa Express, Uniglobal, Japan Post, la Poste Suisse , Business France Tunis, Post Europe and le Groupe la Poste France.
The bureau was installed as follows:
Chairman : Burkina Faso
1st Vice-Chairman : Egypt
2nd Vice-Chairman : Mozambique
Rapporteurs : Tanzania and Congo Republic
During the session, the Council examined all the agenda items under the following broad topics:
- General matters;
- Confirmation of the quorum;
- Adoption of the agenda and work programme;
- Adoption of the 36th Administrative Council Session Report
- Report of the Chairman of the Administrative Council;
- Election and installation of the bureau;
- Messages from partners;
- Report of Activities of the Secretary General for the 2017/2018 period;
- Theme of PAPU Day Celebration for 2019;
- Reports and recommendations of :
- Operations and Technology Committee;
- Policy, Strategy and Governance Committee including African Support Committee;
- Postal Regulators Forum;
- Report of the External Auditor on the Accounts of the Union for the financial year ended 31st May, 2017;
- Report and recommendations of Finance and Administration Committee;
- Date and venue of the 38th
The Secretary Generals presentation covered the following areas: the business environment, Performance, Day-to-day operational issues of the Union, Policy, regulatory and governance matters, Financial management, Human resources, Key projects, International conferences and workshops, Activities of Regional Training Centers, Cooperation activities, PAPU membership, Relations with the host country of PAPU Headquarters, Challenges and actions taken/planned and Outlook/expectations for next financial year.
Chairpersons of the Committees presented their reports covering the following key broad areas:
- Operations and Technology Committee;
- Policy, Strategy and Governance Committee (including African Support Committee);
- Finance and Administration Committee.
The Postal Regulators’ Forum took place on the 11th of April, 2018 on the sidelines of the 37th Ordinary Session of the Administrative Council of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU).
The main topic of the Forum was: “Regulators and regulating postal financial services”. This broad topic was encapsulated under the following sub-topics: Legal, financial and institutional status and Regulating postal financial services.
Experiences were also shared and presentations on best practices delivered by panelists.
At the close of deliberations, participants recommended:
- At the conclusion of deliberations, participants requested to member States to set up Regulatory bodies in the form of independent administrative authorities with organic independence and functional independence. They also requested member States to set up a flexible policy and regulatory framework to foster inclusive digital financial inclusion and a postal statistics database, to be updated on a regular basis.
- The Administrative Council to instruct the General Secretariat to fast-track the process to come up with harmonized guidelines to put all Member States on the same wavelength.
The External Auditors report was presented by Ernst & Young and adopted after discussions.
The Administrative Council approved the hosting of its next meeting in Burkina Faso. The exact venue and date of the 38th Administrative Council Session will be availed to members by the General Secretariat after consultations with the host country.
At the end of the proceedings, the 37th Administrative Council approved and adopted a number of decisions, resolutions as well as recommendations.
Delegates commended the seriousness, determination that characterized the session, the quality of documents presented as well as the outcomes of the deliberations.
A Vote of thanks was addressed to the authorities of the Republic of Algeria by the Republic of Madagascar.
Following the plane crash that killed 257 passengers on board on 11 April 2018, at Boufarik in the Blida region, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the departed.