Conference on 3 and 4 November 2015

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A one and a half day conference on the role, challenges and opportunities of the postal sector in trade facilitation for MSMEs will be held in Bern, Switzerland, on 3 and 4 November 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

UPU global conference on trade facilitation programme

3 and 4 November 2015, International Bureau, Berne, Switzerland.


The United Nations' post-2015 development agenda is taking shape. Like its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 agenda will reshape development policy priorities for governments and non-governmental actors alike, in many cases galvanising new attention, thinking, and financing to tackle the priorities it identifies.

The postal network, a catalyst for economic growth

The postal infrastructure is an important component of the global economy, permeating the remotest locations in the world and connecting citizens, businesses and governments with communications, logistics, payment and electronic services. MSMEs are the inclusive growth vehicles of the future and the world’s largest potential source of jobs. By making it easier for MSMEs to gain access to new markets and do business abroad, the postal infrastructure is a catalyst for economic development, leading to poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Aside from postal-sector stakeholders, international, intergovernmental, regional organizations, development partners, funding and donor agencies, policy analysts and researchers, service providers and MSME representatives will meet at UPU headquarters to discuss the opportunities and challenges of unlocking trade barriers facing MSMEs using the postal infrastructure.

Conference set up

The conference will take a workshop-style format with practical breakout sessions, each opening with high-level presentations and concluding with round-table panel discussions. During side events, UPU member countries will be able to engage with funding agencies to implement regional or national programmes to facilitate trade for MSMEs.

More information on registration and the programme of the event will be available shortly.

Why attend?

The event presents an opportunity to discuss, debate and understand how the postal network can simplify trade for MSMEs, thereby playing a role in economic development, employment creation, poverty reduction and social inclusion.

External stakeholders will bring stimulating insights on the strategic, operational and regulatory issues that the postal sector must address as a facilitator and integrator of trade for MSMEs. Attendees will be able to network and meet with important trade facilitation stakeholders.