Position postal sector as catalyst for e-commerce, players told

By Luckmore Safuli
AFRICAN governments and designated operators represented at the ongoing Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU) Administrative Council 39th Ordinary Session have been reminded of the need to double efforts towards revolutionising the postal sector as part of ensuring that the industry remains relevant.
The 2021 PAPU Plenipotentiary Conference and 39th Ordinary Session of the PAPU Administrative Council being held in Victoria Falls have seen member countries committing to reposition the postal network as a catalyst for e-commerce on the continent.
Zimbabwe’s ICT, Postal and Courier Services Minister, Dr Jenfan Muswere is convinced the negative impact of COVID-19 on the international postal supply should persuade PAPU members to come up with lasting solutions to ensure that postal sector remains relevant.
“This therefore calls for us especially the working committees, the Administrative Council included to put our heads together and come up with lasting solutions so that the Post continues to be relevant even after the pandemic. Designated operators working together with respective governments should put more effort on revolutionizing the whole postal sector,” noted Dr Muswere.
PAPU Secretary General Mr Younouss Djibrine and POTRAZ Director General Dr Gift Machengete concurred on the need to turn the threats to the postal sector created by new and emerging technology into opportunities.
“That future depends on organisations such as PAPU, which are mandated to ensure postal sector survival, transformation and development in the midst of new and emerging technologies. That future depends on our ability as PAPU member states to turn the threats to the postal sector created by new and emerging technology into opportunities,” observed Dr Machengete.
The Elective PAPU Plenipotentiary Conference taking place in the resort city of Victoria Falls will see the election of a new leadership for the organ with Zimpost Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sifundo Moyo among the candidates for the Secretary General post.
PAPU is a specialised institution of the African Union whose objective is to coordinate all activities aimed at developing postal services on the African continent.

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