|Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite (FP)|
The Barbados Postal Service (BPS) has much to celebrate now that it has been elected to the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU’s) Council of Administration.
Success comes after a delegation led by Home Affairs Minister, Adriel Brathwaite, addressed the Congress at the recently-concluded 25th Universal Postal Congress in Doha, Qatar, where he urged the international community to take into account the needs of Small Island Developing States, when determining the UPU’s economic and regulatory strategies.
The team comprised Postmaster General, Joel Brathwaite, Deputy Postmasters General, Dorcas Scantlebury and Nigel Cobham, as well as Deputy Permanent Representative attached to the Geneva Office, Hughland Allman.
In addition to Barbados, 40 other countries make up the Council which meets annually at the UPU’s headquarters in Berne, Switzerland.
Its task is to ensure the continuity of the UPU’s work between Congresses, and supervise its activities and study regulatory, administrative and legal issues.?? It also approves the UPU’s biennial budget and accounts, as well as yearly updates on the UPU’s strategy and budget.
The Council of Administration is also responsible for promoting and coordinating all aspects of technical assistance among member countries.
Other countries comprising the Council include:?? Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Republic of Cote d’lvoire, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Gabon, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States of America and Vietnam.