Chairman of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) Plenipotentiary Conference and Honourable Minister of Information Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services, Dr. Jenfan Muswere has charmed global postal delegates the 27 Universal Postal Union Congress.Since the election of former Zimbabwe’s Postmaster General Sifundo Chief Moyo as the Secretary General of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), Minister Muswere also assumed the chairmanship role and both men made Zimbabwe and SADC proud.
On the occasion of the 27 Universal Postal Union Congress held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire delivered on 26 August 2021 Minister Muswere thanked the hosts and delegates saying.
”thank you for giving the floor to Zimbabwe. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and as Chairman of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), I would like to sincerely thank our host, Cote d’Ivoire for the excellent organisation of this Congress and the hospitality we have enjoyed since our arrival in this beautiful city of Abidjan.
Muswere continued his charming offence making everyone feel important and needed saying
”Special thanks goes to the Director General of the Universal Postal Union, Ambassador Hussein and his team at the International Bureau for smooth coordination of this Congress under very difficult circumstances. Chairman, let me also take this opportunity to thank all the delegates who managed to participate virtually and those who braved come to Abidjan, to physically participate in this Congress despite the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
Minister Muswere added”Chairman and dear delegates to this 27th Congress, I am encouraged by the spirit of inclusiveness and consensus that characterised the debates and most of the decisions taken by the Congress. The Congress decision to allow remote participation and estabalishment of a Quality of Service Fund (QSF) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are just but many of the decisions taken by Congress which demonstrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals underlying principle of ensuring that no one is left behind. I am confident that together we can make the Abidjan Postal Strategy and Business Plan a success and ensure that the Post continues to play a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of our countries.”
Dr Muswere underlined the cohesion by all parties present including those virtually in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals so that every participating country never legs behind in the establishment of the Quality Service Fund for Least Developed Countries.
Dr Muswere made everyone partake as chairman giving everyone enough room to contribute as he added
”Chairman, during the Ministerial Strategy Conference, Ministers took note of the important role played by the postal sector during the lockdowns necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of delivering prescriptions, drugs, blood samples, vaccines and food stuffs. Acknowledging the important role played by men and women in the postal sector value chain who braved the challenges of COVID-19 to deliver important health requirements to institutions and citizens of our countries, governments responded by declaring the postal sector as part of the essential services. This allowed the smooth delivery of essential postal services to the citizenry during very trying times. We therefore as governments need to keep supporting the postal sector through its digital transformation phase as its traditional role of last mile delivery of goods is here to stay. Indeed the postal infrastructure can help the government achieve the digitilisation agenda through e-commerce and provision of enhanced postal financial services.”