The Qatari government and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) have signed an agreement to formalise the hosting of the 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha in 2012.
The UPU is an inter-governmental organisation and the primary forum for cooperation between governments, postal service providers and other stakeholders in the postal sector worldwide. In addition to maintaining a genuinely universal network that provides modern products and services, it establishes the rules for international mail exchanges among its 191 members and makes recommendations to stimulate mail volume growth and to improve the quality of service for customers.
The congress is the supreme body of the Union, bringing together authorities of all member countries, and is convened every four years. Although the congress’s main function is legislative, it has evolved over the years and it now concentrates on strategic issues. The 25th congress will meet in Doha from October 3 to 25, 2012.
The agreement was signed at the UPU’s International Bureau in Berne, Switzerland, by Qatar’s Minister of Business and Trade, H E Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, and the UPU Director General, Edouard Dayan. Ali Mohammed Ali Al Ali, Chair and General Manager of Qatar Post, will be the designated chairman of the Doha congress. Ambassador Abdulla Falah Abdulla Al Dosari, special representative of Qatar to the United Nations and international organisations in Switzerland, also attended the ceremony.
“On behalf of Qatar, I would like to express our pleasure in cooperating with the UPU and its member countries and to extend a warm welcome to you as our special guests,” said Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim.
“This agreement paves the way for a long and intensive relationship between the International Bureau and Qatar,” Dayan said.
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