World Post Day! “Celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations.” (http://www.un.org/en/events/postday/) Below are the ways UPU and Asia Pacific commemorate World Post Day in 2017:
At UPU, the event brought together guests from the postal sector, diplomatic corps and Swiss Confederation to honour both its 46th International Letter-Writing Competition gold medallist and top scorers in the UPU Integrated Index for Postal Development (2IPD).
This year Letter-writing winner is fourteen year old Eva Giordano Palacios. Palacios brought the audience to tears with her poignant letter and accompanying song on child marriage. “The solution, the only solution to child marriage, is education. Education allows the children of today, who will be the adults of tomorrow, to understand that age-old traditions which instruct them to marry off their daughters are unfair, and that poverty is no excuse, especially when the men are far too old for them,” she read.
Next, UPU honours top three global and five regional top scorers in the UPU’s new 2IPD ranking. The top three countries in the ranking included Switzerland, France and Japan. The five regional champions included Poland for Europe and CIS, Singapore for Asia-Pacific, Mauritius for Africa, Brazil for Latin America and the Caribbean, and United Arab Emirates for the Arab region.
“Posts are not only about letters and stamps. They are enablers of inclusive development, constituting an essential component of the global economy,” UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein emphasising the Post’s important role in global public infrastructure.
Over at Asia Pacific,
Singapore Post launched the General Post Office (GPO) at the new SingPost Centre mall on 9 October. It is the flagship of a new Smart Post Office network that will serve Singapore’s postal needs in the digital age. New collector’s stamp issue featuring “Postal Journey of Singapore” will be on sale and can be purchased online at https://shop.singpost.com/. “The opening of the GPO is a significant milestone in SingPost’s transformation and a fitting celebration of World Post Day. ” said Mr Paul Coutts, Group Chief Executive of SingPost.
Hong Kong Post offered a 50% discount on “Make My Card” Personalised Service and introduced a “World Post Day” themed new design template at Hong Kong Post Online shopping mall, “ShopThruPost” (www.shopthrupost.hk).
To develop the passion for letter writing among the youth, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) will hold a simultaneous 5th National Letter Writing Day (NLWD) in connection with the worldwide celebration of World Post Day to be held at SM Skydome -North Edsa in Quezon City, and other SM Supermalls branches on October 09.
Pos Malaysia celebrates World Post Day with host of activities, blood donation drive, children’s colouring competition, a ‘Guess the Number of Stamps’ contest and presentation of excellent service awards. Among the award recipients were Pos Malaysia personnel Tham Ah Soi for not submitting any medical leave over the past 24 years, and Ating @ Eteng Doro for long service with the company – 41 years and nine months. It is said that this celebration began after the formation of the World Post Union in 1874. “This makes the postal industry one of the oldest in the world”, said Pos Malaysia group chief executive officer Datuk Shukrie Salleh. Symbolically, Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari, flagged-off a convoy from Pos Malaysia Sarawak in front of the Main Post Office.
China will strengthen its fast-growing postal industry, an official said on the 48th World Post Day on 9 October. The industry, mainly postal and courier services, has seen revenue increase 2.7 times since 2012, and the courier sector has been the world's largest in terms of delivery volume for three years, said Ma Junsheng, head of the State Post Bureau (SPB)
Officers and staff of Pakistan Post will hold cake-cutting and UPU-flag hoisting ceremony at all postal circles in the country. Federal Postal Services Minister Maulana Syed Ameer Zaman Bukhari will hoist the UPU flag, while Pakistan Post Director General and Chairperson Ms Rubina Tayyab will read out a message from the Universal Postal Union director general at the Economic Cooperation Organization Postal Staff College (ECOPSC), Islamabad.
Post Fiji celebrate World Post Day with heads and managers taking on the role of tellers. This is done in an effort to try and familiarise themselves with what the frontline experience was like and a daily basis, and at the same time experience first-hand how customers view the service. "And this is the day (World Post Day) when the management team work together with our staff and help serve at the counters and also meet our customers.”, said Acting CEO Mr William Wong.
Kiribati Post is celebrating World Post Day by announcing its adoption of what3words. The island chain is the eighth country to adopt what3words, and the third in the Pacific region. ”We are very delighted to expand our services in collaboration with what3words” said Willie Tekanene, manager of mail operations at Kiribati Post. ‘We believe what3words’ approach is an exciting new solution for our postal customers, so we’re thrilled to be forming a partnership to offer our customers a convenient delivery choice in the coming months.”
This wraps up World Post Day 2017 celebration!
Hope to hear from your postal administration what exciting celebration is installed for World Post Day 2018!
Written by Maverick Chung
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