Doha, September 26 (QNA) – A number of Arab figures attending the 25th Universal Postal Congress (UPC) now in progress in Doha, have voiced their conviction that commitment to the international criteria and standards and achieving political stability are among the major challenges facing the updating of the postal sector especially in the Arab region.
In statements to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on Wednesday on the sidelines of the said conference which was inaugurated earlier Monday by HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the postal officials said advancing the postal sector in the Arab region is connected to a variety of factors namely committing to the international criteria and standards and introducing the state- of- the art technological elements into such a sector to reach the optimal plans and programmes that can contribute to developing and reviving such a key sector influencing the Arab economy.
For her part, Dr. Safaa Nasseruddin, the Palestinian Minister of Communications and Information Technology (IT) said the main topic to be taken up by the conferees is the new strategy of postal and which would be of use to the whole world over the next four years.
Dr. Safaa Nasseruddin further said,” on our side , we seek to enlist Palestine in the 5th category , which relates to the financial accounts of postal exchanges between countries”. ” All states send to Israel and everything is carried out through the Israeli occupation authorities, the matter which deprives the Palestinian side of its right to accounting with these countries”, the Palestinian Minister told QNA.  
The Palestinian Minister of Communications and Information Technology (IT) went on to say that all countries were supposed to dispatch closed cargos and parcels to Palestine with the logo of the State of Palestine sealed on them, but the Israeli occupation authorities open these correspondents and parcels and collect a big percentage of fees and this causes a monthly loss of about $ 200,000.
Elaborating Dr. Safaa Nasseruddin said that the technological development and its impact on the postal sector is very important …. and said,” We in palestine are trying, through the upgrading of the infrastructure and via the means of communications and programming development ,to revitalize the postal sector to make of it an outlet or window for governmental services rendered to the Palestinian citizen everywhere inside the state of Palestine regardless of the  several israeli barriers set up to undermine and block his movement easily.
Touching on the e-trade, the Palestinian Minister of Communications and Information Technology (IT) Dr. Safaa Nasseruddin government said postal service has become of prime importance through which we can buy and receive and thus forms an effective element in such an e-trade, namely everything could be operated electronically.
Speaking about the 25th conference being held in Doha, Dr. Safaa Nasseruddin said we hoped for a vital support from the Arab states to resolutions related to Palestine and expressed conviction that Doha, the hosting country would have an influential impact on the closing resolutions.
Earlier Tuesday, Dr. Serrana Bassini Casco, the Secretary General of the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal (PUASP) ,while addressing the conference and explaining the challenges faced amid this transition within the developed countries said, “The situation in developing countries and in some regions is different. We have the quality of services, we have good operators but we are facing challenges with the process of delivery,” Casco said.
She said the weak communication between developing countries and industrialized countries is one of the challenges and a gap that needs to be bridged.
“We should try to solve these problems as we now find that at one part of the world the quality of service is very good but on the other side we find it weak,” she said.
For his part, Director General of the General Department of Logistics at Egypt Post Rudwan Mahmoud Ali told QNA that the technological revolution had a great impact on the postal sector and made a dramatic turnaround in it. For example, the client nowadays can, through certain technological systems, know where is his shipment and if it has been delivered or not.
The greatest impact of the technological revolution which is growing year after year is the purchase through the Internet or the so-called “e-commerce”, which has made a great boom in the economic sector as any citizen could buy any commodity from anywhere and could receive the purchases through mail, he added.
The technological revolution also has a great impact on the distribution issue. The automating sorting machines have become at a very high level of efficiency from the moment the deposit of the shipment until the moment of delivery to the customer.
Talking about the challenges facing the postal sector, he said that adherence to internationally recognized distribution standards and the price with high quality factor are the most important challenges, and all these issues need expensive technology which itself needs strong market.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Logistics Department at Egypt Post underlined that Qatar’s host of the 25th Universal Postal Congress culminates the great efforts exerted by the State of Qatar in order to upgrade the Arab and international work at the same time.
He noted that Qatar is keen to host the most important events which is an honor for all Arab countries and pointed to its success in organizing such events. 
Meanwhile, Technical Assistant of the Iraqi Postal Directorate Ahmad Mohammad Saleh noted that the congress is discussing adopting a new strategy, the Doha strategy, which is pertaining to the technological development and its relation to the universal postal.
It is also discussing new resolution relating to the interchangeable postal services and facilitate the process of very large parcels in the age of technology, Mohammad Saleh added in similar comments to Qatar News Agency (QNA).    
The Iraqi official further said that the technological revolution had a very big impact on the postal sector, which began in the first as paper letters exchange, to become as e-mails nowadays.
He said that the Arab region is facing political tension which has its great impact on the postal sector, noting the war impacts on the Iraqi post.
He said that the Universal Postal Congress is a big event and holding it in Doha represents a success factor for the conference in light of Qatar’s prominent rank.
For his part, Chairman of Q-Post Abdulrahman Ali al-Aqili, who is in charge to chair the Congress, told QNA that the congress attendants will discuss a number of important postal issues related to technology and its impact on developing the postal sector. It also reviews the development of postal services whether in the field of technology, or in the field of training and qualification of staff.
He noted that there is a GCC, Arab and international cooperation in the postal sector, but there are challenges facing the sector such as the rapid communication in the final accounts or the follow-up of shipments, yet there are several international efforts to overcome them.
The 25th Universal Postal Congress kicked off on Monday. It mainly presented the Doha Postal Strategy, proposed for the years 2013 – 2016, which represents a road-map for the Universal Postal Union for four years. The proposed strategy fulfills the aspirations expressed by the participating countries, and is based on the positive results achieved by the Universal Postal Union (UPU)  in recent years to assist the postal sector in the development process.  (END) 

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