Uganda Re-Elected to Prestigious Universal Postal Union Council

The Government of Uganda has once again won the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Council seat for a second term.

The UPU elections were held Wednesday during at the 26th Congress in Istanbul, visit Turkey.

Uganda was among 16 African countries that were vying for 11 seats at the Council of Administration (CA).

ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze, viagra order who led the Ugandan delegation to Istanbul, said he was proud of the win.

“Despite the fact that we didn’t have any campaign budget to host lunch and dinner receptions as many countries did here at the magnificent Hilton hotel, we still managed to sell our country candidacy through a subtle- one to one campaign typical of our home grown mobilization,” said Tumwebaze.

“I am immensely grateful to the competent team of staff from Uganda Communications Commission, Uganda Posts, Ministry of ICT and Foreign Affairs that ably backed me on the ground here to execute the campaign,” he added.

UCC officials told ChimpReports on Thursday morning that 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.

Tumwebaze said the 26th UPU congress discussed the role of Posta in the changing global digital environment.

“It was agreed that posts allover enjoy huge networks of physical infrastructure and if integrated with e-commerce, Posts can become a far much better, efficient and cheaper actor in the provision of e-commerce services compared to banks and telecoms,” said Tumwebaze.

“Member Countries therefore were tasked to review their domestic policies to make sure the work of Posta copes up with the digitally changing environment and position it to respond ably to the needs of its clients majority of which  are  the rural under-served,” the minister added.

Next week, the Ugandan delegation proceeds to Washington – USA to rally support for Patrick Masambu who is vying for the top most job of Director General of the International telecommunications satellite organisation (ITSO).

What are the Benefits of Uganda’s Membership to UPU and CA?

UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi recently said membership to the CA leverages Uganda’s input into decision making on activities and policy direction of the Universal Postal Union.

This includes issues on reform of the Union intended to ensure its relevance to members in a modern era.

As a member of CA at UPU, Uganda is responsible for ensuring harmonized positions on issues of common interest for the African region at global level.

“Membership to UPU empowers the Uganda Communications Commission as the country’s representing agency to align Uganda’s Postal sector to global postal benchmarks through participation in expert sector discussions,” said Mutabazi.

Active participation also creates future career opportunities for Ugandans in international and regional sector bodies as well as the UPU secretariat.  This creates a good outlook of Uganda as a nation.

It further ensures that Uganda as a nation keep abreast of the developments in the postal sector, global trends, new postal products and services as well as other internationally trending topical sector issues.

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