30 August 2021
27th Universal Postal Congress



The 27th Universal Postal Congress was organized by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), on August 9-27, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, under the theme “Digitizing postal services and developing e-commerce.” Egypt, represented by Egypt Post, participated in the Congress.
 
During the Congress, Egypt was elected a member of the UPU Council of Administration (CA) and Postal Operations Council (POC) for the 2021-2025 session. In addition, the Member States elected a new UPU Director-General and Deputy Director-General.
 
The Congress addressed vital topics related to the future of postal work and the challenges it faces worldwide. The Congress also shed light on the role of the post as a true partner in financial inclusion and regional integration. Egypt Post’s achievements in digital transformation, e-commerce, and financial inclusion were also presented during the Congress, in addition to the Egyptian experience in financial inclusion and how African countries can benefit from such experience and replicate it.
 
On the sidelines of the event, Egypt Post held intensive bilateral meetings with the Ivorian Prime Minister, the Ivorian Minister of Digital Economy and Post, the Palestinian Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Arab delegations and the representatives of the post organizations participating in the Congress. The meetings aimed to reach an agreement on making amendments to the current systems to serve the interests of Egypt, developing and least developed countries.
 
At the closure of the congress, Egypt Post organized a high-level investment conference titled "Egypt invests in African postal sector." The Conference addressed cooperation plans, including exchanging experiences with all African countries in light of Egypt Post's position as one of the world's leading postal organizations. In addition, the Conference presented Egypt Post's investment plans, including developing the African postal sector to serve as a government portal delivering different postal, financial, governmental, and societal services and as a key element for deploying digital transformation and financial inclusion in Africa.
 
Following the Conference, Egypt Post and Madagascar Post inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on promoting areas of training, transfer of expertise, and e-commerce. The aim is to transfer Egypt Post's successful experience in developing infrastructure, implementing financial inclusion and digital transformation, and rendering e-commerce services.
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