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Vietnam elected as a member of the Postal Operations Council of the UPU for the 2022-2025 term

On the evening of August 26, 2021, at the 27th Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) held in Abidjan - Ivory Coast, representatives of 192 member countries voted to elect new members of the Postal Operations Council (POC) for the term 2022-2025. With a higher percentage of votes, Vietnam is one of 48 countries elected to the POC.

The 27th UPU Congress held from August 9 to August 27, 2021, was the most important meeting of the UPU with the participation of representatives of member countries every 4 years. At this Congress, the delegation of Vietnam led by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ms. Le Thi Tuyet Mai participated physically from August 9 to August 13, while Vietnam Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Mr. Pham Anh Tuan and representative leaders of Vietnam Post participated the event online from August 16 to August 27, 2021.

Ms. Le Thi Tuyet Mai - Ambassador, Head of Delegation of Vietnam – voting at the 27th UPU Congress.

Officially joining the UPU in 1976, Vietnam has been affirming its role and position in the global postal community through 4 terms of actively engaging in UPU’s activities as a member of  the Council of Administration (CA). Overcoming fierce competition in the election at the 27th UPU Congress, Vietnam was, for the first time, elected to the POC for the 2022-2025 term.

The 27th UPU Congress has special significance, implying the recognition of UPU as well as its member countries for the positive contributions of Vietnam Post to the common development of the Post over the time, additionally showing Vietnam's continued participation in UPU's joint activities, especially in the current trend of rapid development of e-commerce and digital transformation in the world.

Becoming a member of the POC is a tremendous opportunity for Vietnam, especially Vietnam Post, to promote the role of a national postal enterprise by extensively participating in UPU's professional activities in the next term, contributing to affirming and enhancing the position of Vietnam Post with its direct involvement in the development of policies on international operations as well as professional policies that protect the reasonable interests of developing countries.

View of the 27th UPU Congress in Abidjan - Ivory Coast

This is also a favorable condition for the Ministry of Information and Communications, including Vietnam Post, to extensively approach the activities of the POC, to update from more information sources on the development trends of the global post which in turn making the implementation of national postal activities more effective; additionally, expanding bilateral cooperation relations with member countries in the POC, as well as in the UPU, creating opportunities to promote and attract cooperation activities, support projects to improve performance, improve the quality of infrastructure, services and postal network.

At the 27th Congress, in addition to actively participating in the discussion and making contributions to the content in the committees, the task forces of CA and joint activities of the UPU, the delegation of Vietnam conducted election campaigning activities through specialized and diplomatic channels. The close coordination between the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communication and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the past time can be considered an important factor contributing to Vietnam's success at this Congress.

Vietnam's election to the councils of international organizations in the United Nations' system of agencies is also one of the activities that promote international integration and multilateral diplomacy under the policy of the Party and the State.

Mr. Masahiko Metoki (Japan) elected General Director and Mr. Marjan Osvald (Slovenia) elected as Deputy General Director of the UPU

Previously, in the plenary session of the Congress on August 25 to August 26, the election of the positions of General Director and Deputy General Director of UPU International Bureau for the term 2022-2025 was held at the Congress. With a high number of votes of confidence, Mr. Masahiko Metoki (Japan) was elected as General Director and Mr. Marjan Osvald (Slovenia) was elected Deputy General Director. 40 members of the Council of Administration and 48 members of the Postal Operations Council were also elected at the Congress during this term.