UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein

UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein

In the wake of probably the most tumultuous week in the Universal Postal Union’s history, UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein is my special guest.

In this interview, recorded days after the UPU Extraordinary Congress, we discuss:

  • Background to the debate over the compensation system

  • How discussions progressed over an extended period

  • Resistance to attempts at reform

  • Tensions between different countries at the negotiating table

  • When countries can start “self-declaring” rates

  • What would have happened if no compromise had been found

  • The role of the UPU in the future and the need for the union to be fit for purpose

  • Opening up UPU membership to private carriers

  • How the UPU and the postal sector is more than just letters

  • Reform that has already occurred within the UPU

  • Reforms to the contribution system, pension fund system, the quorum system, and more

  • Comparisons with the ITU and its membership

  • Could we see Jeff Bezos at the UPU?

  • The range of treaties that flow through the UPU relating to cross-border trade

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Ian Kerr

Ian Kerr is the founder and host of the Postal Hub Podcast. He has presented at many prominent postal and delivery events, and has contributed articles to Post&Parcel, the Mail & Express Review as well as chapters in Reinventing the post (2013) and Exploring New Frontiers: Reshaping the postal industry (2018).

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