ASTANA – Kazakhstan has been elected as a four-year member of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Administrative Council, according to the voting results at the 26th UPU Congress.
The membership allows Kazakh specialists to offer innovative solutions for changing the global postal industry. Only 40 of the 192 UPU member countries have the right to propose and implement new mechanisms for the industry, reported the Kazpost press service.
“Kazpost joined the administrative council and we expect the participation of our experts in the promotion of ideas that enables us to change not only the company’s image, but also the processes that have a positive effect on revenues in the short term. The postal administrations of many countries have already been interested in our innovative projects, such as parcel supermarket and other projects,” said Kazpost Chairman of the Board Bagdad Mussin.
The Kazakh delegation was represented by Kazpost management and representatives of the Ministry of Information and Communications.
The UPU Congress is the main platform for regulators, national postal operators and business community representatives from the majority of countries around the world to discuss and decide the future development of postal communication.
A number of decisions aimed at improving the quality of postal services, developing the world postal infrastructure and broadening the range of services, including financial services offered by postal administrations in accordance with modern information technologies, were adopted by the participants.
“Additionally, we have signed a memorandum with the Turkish postal administration as part of the congress. This document opens up prospects for Kazakh (business people) to enter the Turkish market to offer domestic products to Turkish consumers. It will be possible due to the integration of the Kazpost communication system postmarket.kz and online services of Turkish post,” said Mussin.
Postmarket.kz is an electronic marketplace that allows sellers, both urban and rural, to offer their products for free and sell them throughout the country. Local entrepreneurs provide their products and consumers pay for goods (online payment cards or cash at the company’s branches) for delivery with the help of the online platform. Postmarket.kz currently offers more than 620,000 products from Kazakh enterprises including children’s goods, clothes, school and office supplies, electronics, household appliances and cosmetics.
As part of the signing, the parties also agreed to collaborate on developing e-commerce, exchanging experience and information, the quality of service, postal and payment services, philately and system of fast money transfers.
Kazpost, the national postal operator, provides postal, financial and logistics services. The company officially joined UPU in 1992 to provide the common rules of the organisation and functioning of international postal exchange acceptable to all. The United Nations specialised agency was established in 1874.
Kazpost is also a member of PostEurop, the Association of European Postal Operators, and participant in the VISA International and MasterCard Worldwide international payment systems. The company’s sole shareholder is Samruk Kazyna National Wealth Fund.