Creating a level playing field

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 and reaffirm the role of the postal service as an important provider of information.

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe along with stakeholders recognise this day as a celebration of the postal and courier services. Technology may have advanced the worlds communication strategies in the form of email, cellphones, skype etc, but the letter and the parcel remain an integral part of our lives.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialised agency of the United Nations specifically tasked to oversee activities in the Postal services sector. In Zimbabwe, Postal services are extended to include international and domestic courier operators. The Union is so far comprised of 192 member countries.

From the earliest times in history, “postal services” existed in the form of messengers who travelled large distances on foot or horseback. In the 1600s and 1700s, many countries set up national postage systems and entered into bilateral agreements for the exchange of mail between countries. By the late 1800s there was a large web of bilateral agreements that made the distribution of international mail complicated, non-transparent and inefficient.

The work of the Universal Postal Union continues to be very important to global communication and trade, even in the era of digital communication. In Zimbabwe rural areas still rely heavily on postal services to access and distribute information.

Source Universal Postal Union