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Panel 4 Ministerial Strategy Conference, UPU Second Extraordinary Congress (3-7 September 2018, Addis Ababa)
7 Sep 2018 -  The socio-economic role of the postal sector can be viewed from two perspectives. First, the postal sector is a key element of national and global logistical supply chains, enhancing the robustness of economies and world trade. Second, it is a channel for connecting citizens with each other (through mail, parcels and financial services) and with governments (as an A–Z counter for public services). Nevertheless, for the sector to play this role effectively in the age of digitalization, it will need to strengthen links and partnerships with other segments of society.

Panellists will consider how to favour the interconnection between the postal sector, e-retailers, governmental agencies and other stakeholders in the logistical supply chain. They will examine the effectiveness of solutions that can enable the sector to continue to fulfil its role in the age of pervasive digitalization. Examples will include public–private partnerships, intergovernmental frameworks, data exchange and trade agreements.

Mr François Davenne, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
Mr Katsuya Watanabe, Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
Mr Siyabonga Cwele, Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa
Mr Oleg Voitenko, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.
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