From 10 to 28 August 2020, Côte d’Ivoire will host with enthusiasm, the 27th Universal Postal Congress organized every four (4) years by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the second oldest institutions of the United Nations system.
This major event for the world postal community brings together representatives of governments, designated operators, regulators and restricted unions from member countries of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), as well as leaders of UN and international organizations.
This is a major sign of confidence that the global community of post offices is putting in my country and overall in Africa, which will host its second congress, after the 1934 congress held in Egypt.
Côte d’Ivoire would like to reiterate its deepest gratitude to the world postal community for the support it has given to its candidature, for the organization of this 27th Congress in its capital, Abidjan.
It is, therefore, a great challenge that together, Ivorians are preparing to take up by giving their hosts a warm African welcome.
Like all the major events that Côte d’Ivoire has successfully hosted, such as the 8th Games of the Francophonie held in July 2017 in Abidjan, the Summit of Heads of State of the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) held on November 2017 in Abidjan, this is another opportunity for our country to demonstrate its capacity to host major events.
I have personally committed myself to ensure that my country will provide all the necessary resources for the success of this event.
To this end, I have appointed men and women capable of carrying out this mission, under the high leadership of Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, assisted by the Prime Minister, Mr. Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
As this Congress is being prepared, the Ivorian economy is experiencing a qualitative leap forward.
The country has returned to growth estimated at between 7 and 9% throughout this decade. This sustained growth, which I welcome, is also leading to the emergence of an Ivorian middle class.
Several economic and road infrastructures have been built. Côte d’Ivoire has taken off and will soon be among the emerging countries. The year 2020, the year of the congress, appears to be a symbol from this point of view.
Côte d’Ivoire, which is preparing to welcome the world postal community on behalf of Africa, is a stable country with good prospects for development. Indeed, in recent years, we have seen a return of confidence, which is reflected at the national level by strong household consumption and the international level by a repositioning of our country in the highest international bodies such as the United Nations Security Council or the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
I would like to conclude my remarks by acknowledging the support of the African sister countries that are mobilizing to make this significant event a gathering that will showcase African ingenuity, friendliness, hospitality, and generosity.
To all staff members of post offices from all over the world, we are therefore pleased to announce to you that an emerging Côte d’Ivoire, on behalf of Africa, is pleased to welcome you with the slogan of the 27th Universal Postal Congress:
“Africa invites you, Côte d’Ivoire welcomes you”. AKWABA TO ABIDJAN!