New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has granted approval for the establishment of a Regional Office of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in New Delhi, said the Ministry of Communications in a statement on Wednesday. The office will be responsible for undertaking UPU's development cooperation and technical assistance activities in the region through a formal agreement with UPU, the statement added.
This significant decision enables India to actively participate in multilateral organisations in the postal sector, with a particular focus on South-South and Triangular cooperation, said the statement. India will provide a Field Project Expert, along with the necessary staff and infrastructure, to support the operations of UPU's regional office. The office will work towards implementing projects that focus on capacity building, training, improving the efficiency and quality of postal services, enhancing postal technology, promoting e-commerce, and facilitating trade in the region, in coordination with UPU, the statement added.
The establishment of the UPU Regional Office in New Delhi holds great strategic importance for India. It will help expand India's diplomatic footprint and strengthen relations with other countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, said the statement. Additionally, this move will enhance India's presence in global postal forums, allowing the country to actively contribute to shaping the future of the postal sector on an international scale.
With the establishment of the UPU Regional Office, India is set to play a pivotal role in advancing the objectives of UPU and promoting cooperation among nations in the postal domain. The office will serve as a platform for sharing best practices, fostering technical collaborations, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise in postal services. By actively engaging in UPU's development activities, India aims to contribute to the growth and modernisation of the postal sector, thereby facilitating socio-economic development in the region.