SADC’s candidate for Pan-African Postal Union Secretary-General, Mr Sifundo Chief Moyo of Zimbabwe has launched his campaign to become the first ever person from Southern Africa to hold that post.
Mr Moyo outlined his vision for PAPU and pledged to steer the continental organisation in line with SADC’s Vision 2030
Zimbabwean ICT, Postal and Courier Services Minister Jenfan Muswere said he was pleased that Mr Moyo had SADC’s endorsement for his candidature.
“We are confident that the other regions will see value in his candidature and elect him for the position of PAPU Secretary-General. This would further strengthen the unity and African solidarity within the Union as this will be the first time in PAPU’s 41-year history that the leadership of the Postal Union will be held by the Southern region.
“This is consistent with the African Union decisions on the need to observe the principle of rotation by all AU organs and institutions. For the record, the elective positions of Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary have been held by all the four AU regions except the South. This is the opportune time for the Southern region to assume the leadership role and carry the torch for Africa as the postal industry pursues opportunities during this era of technological advancements,” Minister Muswere said.
Mr Moyo launched his campaign ahead of the Ordinary Session of the PAPU Plenipotentiary Conference and the 39th Ordinary Session of the Administrative Council, scheduled for Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from June 21 to June 25 this year.
“Given an opportunity to lead PAPU, I will prioritise shaping PAPU to become a transformation champion for the repositioning, renewal, and reinventing of the massive postal institutions to efficiently connect the African citizens to the local, regional and global markets, seamlessly. PAPU will support its members to transform and adopt technologies that enhance the fulfilment of trade facilitation, e-commerce, financial inclusion, e-government services, and much more.
“I will guide PAPU in supporting key areas like Africa’s trade corridors, MSMEs growth, and international financial remittances. The Union will re-orient its programmes to anchor and support the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Continental Free Trade Area, and the fulfilment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. I will ensure that PAPU is fine-tuned to be forward-looking on innovation, responsive to Member States’ needs, operate in an accountable and transparent manner, and promote the rich African cultural, religious and linguistic diversity of its employees and members,” Mr Moyo said.
Mr Moyo has been in the postal sector for over 25 years. He has worked on UPU Postal Reform Consultancy Missions in Malawi (2007) and Ethiopia (2011). In 2012, he was invited as a resource expert by the Asia Pacific Postal Union in Singapore.At the PAPU 40th anniversary, Mr Moyo received – on behalf of ZimPost, the PAPU Honorary Award “On Outstanding Contribution to Postal Development as a Quality of Service Champion”. – TechnoMag