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Trends towards liberalization, privatization and digitalization are transforming the boundaries of the postal sector. With the surge of e-commerce, new players have become increasingly active in postal markets, bringing with them opportunities for partnerships and alliances that can drive efficiency and greater interoperability. As the UN specialised agency providing the primary forum for the postal sector, it is critical that the UPU be inclusive and responsive to the needs of all postal sector players.
To ensure its stakeholders can take advantage of these emerging opportunities, the UPU has striven to strengthen cooperation and engagement among wider postal sector players through the work of its Councils over the course of the 2017-2020 work cycle. They have defined and approved conditions for opening up UPU products and services to non-members. The Consultative Committee, the body that represents the interests of the wider postal stakeholders within the UPU, has begun to examine new operating models to bolster private sector participation in the UPU’s work.
As the organization works to finalize its strategy for the 2021-2024 cycle, it has a chance to find ways to enhance the role wider postal sector players could play in the future of the UPU.
As a next step in this process, the UPU will host a high-level forum on wider postal sector engagement in Berne, Switzerland, on 28 January 2020.
The forum will bring together high-level representatives from governments, regulators, designated operators, international organizations, other private sector players, as well as civil society, to examine three key questions:
- Why the UPU should open itself to wider postal sector players?
- What the UPU has to offer wider postal sector players and partners?
- How the UPU should transform to respond to the needs of its stakeholders?
The outcomes of the forum will help the organization develop a possible roadmap for accelerating the opening of the UPU to external stakeholders.