27TH CONGRESS OF THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION
Foreword by H.E. Alassane OUATTARA,
President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
From 9 to 27 August 2021, Côte d’Ivoire will host the 27th Universal Postal Congress organized every four (4) years by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the second oldest institution of the United Nations system.
This major event for the global postal community brings together representatives of governments, designated operators, regulators and restricted unions from UPU member countries, as well as leaders of UN and international organizations.
It is a great mark of trust that the world postal community places in Côte d’Ivoire, and beyond in the whole Africa, which will host its second congress, after the one held in Egypt in 1934.
Côte d’Ivoire reiterates its gratitude to the world postal community for the support it has given to its candidacy for the organization of this 27th Congress in Abidjan. It is a great challenge that together the Ivorians are preparing to take up by reserving a warm African welcome for their hosts.
Like all the major events that Côte d’Ivoire has successfully hosted, including the 8th edition of the Games of La Francophonie in July 2017 and the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) Summit of Heads of State in November 2017, this Congress is a new opportunity for our country to demonstrate its ability to host major events. Every effort will be made to make this event a real success.
Côte d’Ivoire, which is about to welcome the global postal community on behalf of Africa, is a country that has experienced strong growth over the past decade, with good prospects for development.
Internationally, our country is repositioning itself in the highest international bodies such as the United Nations Security Council or the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the support of the African Brother Countries who are mobilizing to make this great event an event of African ingenuity, conviviality, hospitality and generosity.
Postal workers from all over the world, Côte d’Ivoire is pleased to welcome you, on behalf of Africa, with the slogan of the 27th Universal Postal Congress:
«Africa invites you, Côte d’Ivoire welcomes you, Abidjan awaits you».