To mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss capital of Berne, October 9 was declared World Post Day during the Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo in 1969.
With this year’s theme, “Imagine you are a letter traveling through time. What message do you wish to convey to your readers?” The Universal Postal Union (UPU) announced once more the letter writing competition among the young people up to the age of 15. The competition is considered as an excellent way of encouraging literacy in children and among young people. It is a venue to develop their skills in composition and the ability to express their thoughts clearly. Competitors are national winners from their respective countries.
With the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the postal sector has played a relevant role in this global effort by providing infrastructure for development. Activities for this event differ from country to country. Many countries use this day to promote new postal products and services. Some issue commemorative stamps, while others conduct seminar, conferences, workshops, and exhibits.
In this era of mobile phones, text messaging, email, facsimile transmissions, and social media, it has been forecast that the use of the traditional postal services will be lessened. However, these technologies cannot deliver office supplies, and items ordered online and through brochures and catalogues. Electric and water bills, package deliveries still use postal services. Those living in the far-flung areas that do not have Internet access rely on postal offices as their only access to services.
In addition to offering convenience and reliable services, the postal sector should find ways to improve their services in facilitating the most universally available and economically accessible form of communication.
We greet the member countries of the Universal Postal Union on the occasion of World Post Day and wish them success in all their endeavors.