PAPU Welcomes New Acts
This was one of the two highlights of the just-ended 5th Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Conference of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) hosted by the Republic of Madagascar in its capital city Antananarivo.
Discussions equally focused on key pending issues on the agenda of the upcoming Extraordinary Congress of the Universal Postal Union slated for Addis Ababa in September this year.
On the amendments to the PAPU Acts, Mr. Younouss Djibrine, the Union’s Secretary General, emphasized the absolute need to equip the institution with legal instruments that are not only in tune with the times, but also adaptable and flexible. “We need to update the legal instruments governing our Union. These were drawn up thirty years ago at a time when postal services were still a monopoly of the government and therefore not open to any competition. Today, a broad variety of players have entered the field. Furthermore, a boom in new technologies preceded the current drive towards digitalization. Therefore, in addition to this update, we should make allowance for regular amendments every four years,” the PAPU scribe explained.
Concerning the second item on the agenda, he pointed out that the aim is to come up with an effective strategy for African to defend its interests during the UPU’s upcoming Extraordinary Congress, as major decisions will be taken that will engender long-lasting changes in the landscape of postal services.
Speaking as guest of honour during the solemn opening ceremony, the Head of State of the Republic of Madagascar, His Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, noted that the legal framework governing postal services no longer responds to today’s political, economic and technological dispensation. “Hosting an event of this magnitude, the first of its kind in our country, provides an opportunity for us to update the Acts in line with developments in the sector, thereby opening new horizons,” he added.
He went ahead to commend Madagascar’s postal sector led by the national operator, Paositra Malagasy. Riding on the strength of its 250 outlets spread across the entire island, the post reaches out to the most remote areas to help overcome the exclusion of the country’s unbanked populations.
On the sidelines of this 5th Extraordinary Plenipotentiary Conference, participants witnessed the official launching of the money transfer network branded “PosTransfer”, which brings together postal operators of UPU Member Countries. In his remarks, Mr Rakotomalala Augustin Nirina, Postmaster General of Paositra Malagasy indicated: “This network is a solution for international remittances through the post. It is highly advantageous in that it combines speed, efficiency, security and competitiveness. With this new brand, international money transfers will take a minute at Paositra Malagasy.”
Overall, thirty-five high-level officials and 178 representatives from 43 countries as well as 12 international organizations were in attendance.