UPU opens public consultation

UPU opens public consultation

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has opened a public consultation on how it can better engage and collaborate with broader postal sector stakeholders, including the private sector.

In a statement posted on its website yesterday (11 August), the UPU said it is conducting the consultation via  questionnaires targeting not only UPU member governments but also other stakeholders such as designated postal operators, regulatory bodies, private sector companies already engaged in the UPU’s Consultative Committee, and wider postal sector players who are not currently included within the UPU’s current governance structure.

UPU Director General Masahiko Metoki commented: “UPU member countries have recognised that building a sustainable and inclusive postal network for communities and businesses worldwide requires collaboration with all parties. Work to prepare for next year’s Extraordinary Congress, where UPU member countries will decide on opening up to other players in the sector, is at a critical stage.

“It is vital that we hear from all stakeholders in the wider sector to ensure that we understand their interests and priorities, so as to identify the ‘win-win’ scenario that will benefit all players in the postal value chain. We hope this consultation will help us define the scope of that collaboration and we encourage our members, partners and other players with a stake in the Post to help us shape the sector’s future.”

The UPU said it is inviting participation from wider postal sector players include private companies and partner organisations, such as e-retailers, courier companies, logistics service providers, financial service providers, airlines, railways and other transport companies, customs organizations, manufacturers of postal and postal industry-related solutions, customer associations, unions and postal worker associations, among others.

The questionnaires will give wider postal sector players the opportunity to share perspectives on how they currently interface with the UPU, provide suggestions on how they might be more involved in UPU decision-making processes and identify those UPU products and services access to which could not only benefit them, but the postal sector and citizens as a whole.

These inputs will help the UPU determine how these stakeholders might be engaged more formally in its work.

Interested parties may submit their views to the UPU by Friday 26 August.

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