Malawi has been elected as member for the influential Universal Postal Union (UPU), the world’s postal services governing body, Nyasa Times has learnt.
Confirming the development, Principal Secretary in the information ministry Anthony Livuza told said the decision to vote for Malawi was reached in Doha, Qatar where members agreed unanimously to elect Malawi into the union.
“Yes, it is true Malawi has been elected as member of the union this will bring with it so many benefits as you are aware the postal sector has a vital role to play in modern times, but its role is evolving due to disruption caused by ICTs service,” said Livuza.
He therefore hailed the information minister Moses Kunkuyu for lobbying to other member countries to consider Malawi.
“The minister did call me and said the moment he mentioned that he is coming from Malawi where Joyce Banda is the President, many countries offered their support and even the director general praised president banda throughout his speech,” added the PS.
Meanwhile, according to information sourced on the union’s website, country members elected Kenyan Bishar Hussein and Pascal Thierry Clivaz from Switzerland as new director general and deputy respectively and they will both serve for a period of three years.
More than 2, 200 delegates from 197 countries converged to the tiny oil rich gulf country for the summit that coincided with commemoration of world postal day which falls on October 9.
Among the senior delegates present from the host country included his highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s heir apparent, and Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s minister of culture, arts and heritage according to an email sent by Kunkuyu to Nyasa Times.