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Vietnam’s election to UPU Postal Operations Council: Model of inter-sectoral coordination

The 27th Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was held in Abidjan city of Ivory Coast from August 9-27 in both in-person and online formats, during which Vietnam was elected as a member of the UPU Postal Operations Council (POC).

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, the World Trade Organisation, and other international organisations in Geneva, who directly attended the event, said  Vietnam ran for the seat at and was elected to the office for the first time.

This is a very fierce competition as only 48 countries are elected to the council, and South Asia and Oceania are always regions with strongest competition.

Vietnam’s running for the seat once again affirmed the country’s commitment to being ready to join and contribute to the promotion of multilateral cooperation on issues of shared concern of the international community, she said.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Hoang Giang, Vietnam’s election for the 2022-2025 tenure has a significant meaning, opening up new opportunities for the country.

Postal sector is an important part of the economy in each country as well as the global economy, helping ensure the smooth circulation of goods and services, especially amid the situation of COVID-19. The UPU has become one of the major agencies of the United Nations that have the participation of all UN members, Giang noted.

Officially joining the UPU in 1976, Vietnam has been affirming its role and position in the global postal community through four terms of actively engaging in UPU’s activities as a member of the Council of Administration (CA).

Right after being elected to the council, Vietnam was also elected as the President of the Committee on Postal Financial Services, one of the four committees of the council. To fulfill its tasks, Vietnam, especially the Vietnam Post, will have to make preparations in both personnel and resources to contribute to the council.

Giang said that Vietnam’s election as a member of the council is a great success of the Vietnamese postal sector in international integration, showing the role and position of Vietnam in the world arena.

He held that the success manifests the joint efforts of ministries and sectors in international integration and implementation of multilateral external relations, as well as Vietnam’s willingness and ability to contribute to common jobs of the world.

This is a model for the coordination and cooperation among ministries and agencies in external relations, the official affirmed.

He expressed belief that following this success, the postal and other sectors will continue to show strong performance in international integration, thus contributing to the national economic development and international integration as well as the common work of the international community./.