China was elected as a new member country in the Executive Council and the Postal Operations Council of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) for 2017 to 2020 at the 26th Universal Postal Congress held in Istanbul, Turkey from October 5 to 6.
Director General of the UPU International Bureau Bishar Abdirahman Hussein, Deputy Director General Pascal-Thierry Clivaz and more than 1,000 delegates and observers attended the Chinese delegation's reception on October 5.
Director-General of the State Post Bureau Ma Junsheng, Vice General-Manager of China Post Group Kang Ning and other leaders from post offices in Hong Kong and Macao presided over the event.
The congress is the supreme authority of the UPU and meets every four years, when leaders from its 192 member countries gather to decide on a new global postal strategy and set the future rules for international mail exchanges.
After three weeks of intense work, the 26th Universal Postal Congress came to a successful close on October 7 with the Chinese delegation attending its first plenary session of the new Executive Council and Postal Operations Council.
Established in 1874, the UPU is headquartered in the Swiss capital Berne and is the second-oldest international organization worldwide.
With 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.
The organization fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial service volumes and improve the quality of service for customers.