KAMPALA: October 5, 2016: The Government of Uganda has once again won the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Council seat for a second term. The UPU elections were held today, October 5, 2016, during at the 26th Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
Uganda was among 16 African countries that were vying for 11 seats at the Council of Administration (CA). Uganda came 6th, beating 10 countries. Uganda's win at the Council will ensure continuity and steady progress of UPU's work particularly having a say in Congress, coordinating study groups, regulatory and legislative innervations among others.
UPU is a UN specialised agency that coordinates postal policies among member states. It is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players that helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services. UPU fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services and improving the quality of service for customers.
Uganda has been a member of the Council of Administration from 2012 to 2016 and is seeking reelection to the Council for the 2016 to 2020 Cycle. The Council of Administration (CA) consists of 41 member countries with each having representation at the Council.
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Thanks to the delegation in Instanbul headed by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, for the hard work exhibited during the campaign that has led Uganda to one of its greatest success internationally.