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India to take over leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union

New Delhi: India is set to take over the leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) later this month after successful elections held during the 13th APPU Congress held in Bangkok last year, Union Ministry of Communications said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ministry said Dr. Vinaya Prakash Singh, erstwhile member (Personnel) of the Postal Services Board will take over the charge of Secretary General of the Union for a tenure of four years.

“India will take over the leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) having its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand from this month. Following the successful elections held during the 13th APPU Congress held in Bangkok during August- September 2022, Dr. Vinaya Prakash Singh, erstwhile Member (Personnel), Postal Services Board will take over the charge of Secretary General of the Union for a tenure of 4 years,” Union Ministry of Communications said in a statement

Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) is an intergovernmental organisation of 32 member countries of the Asian-Pacific region. APPU is the only Restricted Union of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in the region, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

APPU aims to extend, facilitate and improve postal relations between member countries and promote cooperation in the field of postal services.

“As the regional center for various UPU projects, APPU also takes the lead in ensuring that all technical and operational projects of the UPU are fulfilled in the region so that the region is integrated into the global postal network in the best possible way,” the statement added.

Secretary General leads the activities of the Union and is also the director of the Asian Pacific Postal College (APPC), the largest inter-governmental postal training institute in the region.

“My goal is to improve the regional coordination with postal players in the Asia Pacific region to improve the growth of business through the postal network, to ensure the sustainability of the Union, and to revamp the training courses offered at APPC,” said Dr VP Singh on his vision for the Union. Asia Pacific region generates around half of the global mail volume and has around one-third of the global postal human resource.

“This is the first time an Indian is leading an international organization in the postal sector. At this crucial juncture for the sector, it is a privilege for the Department to have its officer lead the activities of the Union, especially beginning from this year of India’s G20 presidency” said Vineet Pandey, secretary, Department of Posts.

“India will keep extending its full support to the APPU and further strengthen its contribution for effective realisation of the collective vision of APPU membership,” he added.

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