Regulation of the postal sector: advocacy for the creation of independent regulatory structures
The 2nd Postal Regulators’ Forum took place on 11th April 2018 in Algiers (Algeria) on the sidelines of the 37th Ordinary Session of the Administrative Council of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), under the coordination of Mrs. BETY Aïchatou Habibou Oumani, Board Chairperson of the Niger Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and at the same time Board Chairperson of the West Africa Postal Conference (WAPCO). The opening ceremony was presided over by Mr. Mohamed Hamed Nacer, Board Chairperson of the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Algeria.
Participants listened with keen interest to presentations on the legal and financial statuses of Regulatory Authorities in Africa; regulation of postal financial services and sharing of experiences and best practices by the panelists.
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.
To Operators, it was requested to be innovative in using ICTs to create more business opportunities to foster digital financial inclusion and to obtain licenses from ICT regulators, where available, in order to be an active player in delivering more mobile financial services in addition to their traditional postal services.
To the Regulators, member States requested to conclude cooperation agreements with banks to foster digital financial inclusion and to establish regular meetings with financial sector regulators to ensure convergence in regulating postal financial services.
The Administrative Council was requested to instruct the General Secretariat to fast-track the preparation of the African Postal Regulation Guidelines with a view to putting all Member States on the same wavelength.