UN urges governments to support postal developments and modernizationListen /
Today is World Post Day.
In a message marking the occasion, the Universal Postal Union Director General Bishar A. Hussein urges governments to support postal reform efforts in their countries to ensure the provision of efficient postal services.
The head of the United Nations specialized agency says that postal services continue to play a vital role in the exchange of information and goods and that Posts worldwide are redefining themselves to meet customers' evolving needs.
He says "Posts remain important facilitators of national and international trade in this constantly evolving world," adding, "The postal network, with more than 600,000 post offices, remains the largest physical network on the planet and a fundamental infrastructure that enables large segments of the economy to function."
Hussein says "As e-commerce grows, postal services are positioning themselves as the delivery service of choice for goods ordered online." Postal financial services are also on the rise, he adds, as Posts take advantage of their vast reach to meet the needs of the unbanked and citizens located in far-flung areas where traditional financial institutions are often not present.
In 2012, Posts globally delivered an estimated 350 billion letters and more than 6 billion parcels, according to the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
Donn Bobb, United Nations.