In 1977, the Council of Ministers of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU), meeting in its 29th Ordinary Session, on 23rd June to 3rd July, 1977, in Libreville, Gabon, adopted resolution CM/Res. 586(XXIX) and recommended the creation of a Pan African Postal Union to serve as the umbrella body for all Postal Administrations in Africa. The 14th Session of the OAU Heads of State and Government Summit held in Libreville, Republic of Gabon, from 2nd to 6th July, 1977, approved this resolution.
The Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), a specialized agency of the African Union (AU) was established on 18th January, 1980, following the decision of the Plenipotentiary Conference of 35 OAU member countries during a meeting held on 8th to 18th January, 1980, in Arusha, the United Republic of Tanzania. With its Headquarters in Arusha, PAPU whose membership consisted of only 35 countries when it was created, currently has 45 Member States. The main objective of forming the Union is to coordinate all activities aimed at developing postal services on the African continent.
The Union aspires to achieve the above objectives through its Vision, Mission and strategic objectives all focused at transforming the postal services in Africa so that they can meet customers’ needs and expectations and ensure the sustainability of the postal sector in a very competitive communication environment.
While it is true that the Universal Postal Union (UPU) deals with matters related to the development of postal services worldwide, every region in the world has its own specific context; hence the need to provide Africa with a continental postal organization that is capable of spearheading and safeguarding the region’s interests in the global arena.

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