The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is participating in the ‘2nd Extraordinary Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU)’ which starts today in Ethiopia.
CRA president Mohamed Ali al-Mannai is leading a high-level delegation from Qatar to the five-day congress, being held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The first Extraordinary Congress was held in Bern, Switzerland July 2-5, 1900. The second Extraordinary Congress is being convened as part of ongoing efforts to reform the UPU, with a view to improving and speeding up decision making processes within the organisation.
An Extraordinary Congress may be convened at the request or with the consent of at least two-thirds of the member countries of the UPU.
The CRA’s attendance at the congress is line with its mandate to regulate the postal sector to support the growth of a knowledge economy and improve customer transparency and protection.
A key highlight will be CRA’s participation in the Ministerial Strategy Conference, which will be held on the sidelines of the congress on September 6 and 7 under the theme ‘Gearing up the Postal Sector to Drive Socio-Economic Development’. The conference will be an opportunity to consider the policies, investments, regulations, and partnerships to ensure that postal entities can unleash their potential in service delivery and profitability.
“The CRA is in the process of finalising the regulation for the postal sector in Qatar, and the participation in the UPU Congress is an international platform for CRA to enhance our co-operation with other regulators and industry leaders.
“The global postal sector is undergoing structural changes, and the CRA needs to be aware of these changes so that we can develop future proof regulation that encourages the growth of the sector locally,” said al-Mannai.
Speakers at the conference will include ministers, chiefs of regulatory authorities, heads of intergovernmental agencies, and other high-level representatives of organisations interested in the benefits that postal services can bring to societies and economies worldwide.

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