Zimbabwe is set to host the 10th ordinary session of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) Plenipotentiary Conference and 39th ordinary session of the administrative council in Victoria Falls from 21-25 June 2021.
The PAPU is a specialised institution of the African Union, whose objective is to coordinate all activities aimed at developing postal services on the continent.
Speaking at a media briefing Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Jenfan Muswere said the ordinary session is in line with NDS1 in terms of Image building, International Relations, Engagement and Re-Engagement pillar.
“During the Conference Ministers will consider a number of agenda items that include the forthcoming Universal Postal Union Congress, the Union’s Budget and Programme of Activities for the period 2021-2025 as well as digitization of the postal services among other issues.
“Furthermore the Conference will also focus on the leadership renewal for PAPU, for the position of Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General positions,” Muswere said.
Zimbabwe will be fielding a SADC-endorsed Candidate to contest for the position of PAPU Secretary General during the Plenipotentiary meeting.
Zimbabwe’s candidate for the PAPU Secretary General Sifundo Moyo said the union will re-orient its programmes to anchor and support the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“My Renewal and Relevance Agenda for the transformation of PAPU will be achieved through deep strategic collaboration, astute engagement of stakeholders, intensive resource mobilisation and utilisation, consistent program implementation and interactive information management exchanges, Staff exchange programs, benchmarking and twinning arrangements,” Moyo said.
The Renewal and Relevance agenda for PAPU will re-energize PAPU to lead the African Posts’ adaptability to new technologies, digitalization, migration to E-Post services and operation of E-Commerce platforms coupled with Financial Inclusion, for the benefit of Citizens, MSMES, Corporates as well as other stakeholders.
Due to the unmatched implications of the onslaught of the COVID-19, PAPU secretary general candidate has pledged to fight the effects of the pandemic relentlessly from all ends.
“Posts have a role to play mitigate its effects, I will ensue that PAPU leads the way in helping Postal Players in Africa to adapt to the new normal of providing services virtually and remotely through digital and electronic platforms,” Moyo said.
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