Invitation letter to the Congress

The International Bureau sent the below invitation letter on 11 May 2018 to the following recipients:

  • Union member countries
  • Supervisory ministries
  • Designated operators of Union member countries
  • Regulatory authorities of Union member countries
  • Restricted unions
  • Consultative Committee members

Reference: 2000(DIRCAB)1050

Subject: Formal invitation to the UPU Extraordinary Congress – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (3 to 7 September 2018)

Dear Sir/Madam,

Through its resolution C 28/2016 (Organization of an Extraordinary Congress in 2018), the Istanbul Congress decided to hold an Extraordinary Congress in 2018, to address various issues relating to the current and future World Postal Strategy, as well as any urgent postal sector issues.

In accordance with articles 101 and 105 of the General Regulations of the Universal Postal Union, I have great pleasure in inviting you on behalf of Ethiopia to the upcoming 2018 Extraordinary Congress, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 3 to 7 September 2018.

Please be assured that the Universal Postal Union and the Government of Ethiopia are fully engaged in the organization of this major event. The Extraordinary Congress will take place at African Union headquarters, where state-of-the-art facilities will help to ensure the success of the event.

I trust that I can count on your participation in this important international event, and should be grateful if you could send the UPU International Bureau written confirmation of your attendance. Further information is available on the UPU website at, where you will find links to information on:

  • The Extraordinary Congress timetable and documents
  • Special events, such as the Ministerial Strategy Conference
  • Logistical matters (PaperSmart initiative, accommodation, visas, travel, etc.)
  • Registration forms
  • News related to the Extraordinary Congress

I very much look forward to welcoming you to Addis Ababa in September 2018.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Mr Mutua Muthusi
Director of the Executive Office
UPU International Bureau
Weltpoststrasse 4
P.O. Box 312
3000 BERNE 15
Tel: +41 31 350 31 11
Fax: +41 31 350 31 10
E-mail: mutua.muthusi[at]

Yours faithfully,

Bishar A. Hussein
Director General, UPU