UPU opens regional office in Fiji

Acting Prime Minister Manoa Kamikamica (left) is joined by Post CEO Anirudh Banso, cahirman Isireli leweniqila and UPU general secretary Masahori Metoki at the inauguration of the new Universal Postal Union office in Suva, on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), the international agency connecting the postal services of 192 member countries established by the United Nations in 1874 now has a regional office in Suva, Fiji.

The Pacific office of the UPU was officially opened by UPU director general Masahiko Metoki and Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises and Communications and deputy Prime Minister Manoa Kamikamica on Tuesday.

“This initiative is testament to the great relationship that already exists between the UPU and the Government of Fiji – it is one that we hope will continue into the future and we can both mutually benefit from,” said Mr Kamikamica.

“As our national postal service provider, Post Fiji now has direct access to UPU technical assistance given the close proximity to the new office premises.

“Needless to say, other postal operators in the Pacific region now also have easier access to UPU technical expertise.”

Post Fiji chief executive officer Dr Anirudha Bansod said: “This is one of the biggest milestone achievements for us at Post Fiji Pte Ltd as well as the Fijian people and the Pacific community.”

“The opening of this Universal Postal Union Regional office paves a pathway for advancement in the postal division, not only for Fiji, but the Pacific,” Dr Bansod said.

Mr Metoki commended the Post Fiji staff for their operations through the pandemic and expressed his eagerness in having the UPU work alongside them.

The new UPU regional office is now officially opened and is located on the fourth floor of the Post Fiji building in Suva.

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