Universal Postal Union to set up regional office in Delhi

Cabinet nod to set up regional office of UPU would help India to play active role at multilateral organizations in postal sector in the south triangular region

Universal Postal Union

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved to establish a regional office of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in New Delhi. The new regional office will allow the Central government undertake UPU’s development cooperation and technical assistance activities in the region by entering into an agreement with UPU.

With its 192 member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services. In this way, the organization fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed.

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The approval enables India to play active role at multilateral organizations in postal sector with emphasis on South-South and Triangular cooperation. India will provide a field project expert, staff and office set up for UPU’s regional office. Projects on capacity building and trainings, improving efficiency and quality of postal services, enhancement of Postal technology, e-commerce and trade promotion etc will be prepared and implemented for the region by this office in coordination with UPU.

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India is already a member of the UPU. However, the fresh initiative would help expanding India’s diplomatic footprint and strengthen relations with other countries, specially in Asia-Pacific region and will enhance India’s presence at the global postal forums, said a senior officer of India Posts.

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