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Postal Hub podcast

Oct 7, 2019

In the wake of probably the most tumultuous week in the Universal Postal Union’s history, UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein is my special guest. In this interview, we discuss:

  • Background to the debate over the compensation system
  • How discussions progressed over an extended period
  • Resistance to attempts at reform
  • Tensions between different countries at the negotiating table
  • When countries can start “self-declaring” rates
  • What would have happened if no compromise had been found
  • The role of the UPU in the future and the need for the union to be fit for purpose
  • Opening up UPU membership to private carriers
  • How the UPU and the postal sector is more than just letters
  • Reform that has already occurred within the UPU
  • Reforms to the contribution system, pension fund system, the quorum system, and more
  • Comparisons with the ITU and its membership
  • Could we see Jeff Bezos at the UPU?
  • The range of treaties that flow through the UPU relating to cross-border trade