Last week, at a top level forum of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Bishar A. Hussein, the agency director of the, at the start of his address, indicated that the agency is open to more input from the private sector.
Hussein admitted that it is vital for postal sector to remain “competitive, innovative, and prosperous” like it was remodeled by global e-commerce and privatization.
“We are open to dialogue,” he told delegates that included representatives from parcel delivery companies. “This forum is a key milestone in our history, and I am here today to listen, to take note and to benefit from your experiences.”
The UPU is a division of the United Nations. Among all 192 participating nations the UPU co-ordinates mail service policies. It places the regulation for cross border mail exchanges, which also include “terminal dues”, the price which international shippers should pay to the designated local postal operators of any country–for instance, Deutsche Post, Royal Mail, or the United States Postal Service.
Threatening, the US said that it will withdraw from the agency in 2018, for the reason that She felt that certain nations were receiving “unfair subsidies” at Her expense. But later an agreement was met whereby the US was in a position to set its own postal fee at the expense of $40 million fund of the UPU for the period of five years.
Under the shade of the Universal Service Obligation (USO), the UPU also makes sure that all citizens of member of nations have access the same basic rank of service.
Hussein also shared that, there a task force has been launched to enhance private sector engagement and bring a fresh set of commercial players on board. And the remaining committed to the USO, with a tactic for the upcoming four year to be in consent by member countries in the summer.