Pan African Postal Union (PAPU)

Union panafricaine des postes (UPAP)

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18 Jan 1980, following recommendations 23 June-3 July 1977 of Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and approval, 2-6 July 1977, Libreville (Gabon), by Conference of Heads of State and Government. Establishment approved 18-28 June 1980, Freetown (Sierra Leone), at 35th ordinary session of Council of Ministers of the OAU. A specialized agency of African Union (AU) in the postal field and a Restricted Union of Universal Postal Union (UPU).


Maintain and extend cooperation among Member States for improvement and rational use of postal services; harmonize tariff structures with a view to establishing tariffs compatible with a good service and sound financial management; promote the establishment of multi-national regional and sub-regional postal training institutes in Africa, in cooperation with international and African regional and sub-regional organizations with legitimate interest in postal services in Africa; harmonize, as far as possible, the position of the Member States at UPU and other international meetings; publish information and research materials on postal services for the benefit of Member States; encourage the exchange of information and staff between their administrations; act as a servicing institution for members on integrated postal developments, providing them with necessary technical support.

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Provides training on modern organization management techniques and on new products such as accelerated international postage systems. Organizes study cycles, conferences and meetings.


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Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Swahili.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 43 countries
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Subjects *

  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Post
  • Commerce
    • Customs

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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