The World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) was created in 1997. During the Istanbul cycle (2017–2020), the WADP has operated under the Postal Operations Council (POC), more specifically as part of Committee 3 (Markets Development and E-Services).
The principal aim of the WADP is to develop and promote philately through continuous and positive dialogue between partners in the philatelic sector and designated operators. Its objectives are to:
- Maintain collaboration and development between the UPU, designated operators, philatelic partners and the industry;
- Monitor market trends and issues that will have an impact on the philatelic business;
- Analyze and disseminate all information relating to the sector;
- Improve knowledge of philatelic markets among designated operators;
- Encourage and facilitate the adoption of best practices.
Since 2008, the UPU International Bureau and the International Federation of Philately (FIP) have held international competition classes for issuing postal authorities of UPU member countries and their territories.
These competition classes, held during regional and international philatelic exhibitions, give issuing postal authorities the opportunity to promote their issues in an enjoyable competition that is recognized by the highest philatelic authorities.
During these competitions, the UPU tries to provide opportunities for exhibition visitors to purchase participants’ philatelic products, through QR codes linked to the WADP World Numbering System (WNS) and the e-shop of each designated operator displayed next to the exhibition frames.
Conferences and round tables
Part of the WADP’s work is to regularly organize conferences and round tables for designated operators. The aim is to provide an opportunity for participants to exchange their experiences and hear about technical and marketing innovations from philatelic industry players and collectors.
These events are led by industry experts and professionals, responding to both current and future challenges facing the sector. The conferences and round tables are open to the public.
The presentations made during our latest events are provided below:
Webinar on "Crypto & Hybrid Stamps: what future for philately?" held on 14 December 2021
Webinar on "Art in the Philatelic Business Model" held on 10 December 2020
Conference held in Wuhan, China (People’s Rep.), on 14 June 2019
Conference held in Macao, China, on 22 September 2018
Conference held in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 8 June 2018
Round table held in Melbourne, Australia, on 31 March 2017
Round table held in Nanning, China (People's Rep.), on 5 December 2016
Forum held in New York, United States of America, on 2 June 2016
The WNS is a register of all official postage stamps issued by its members created in 2002 by UPU, WADP and its partners. It is the only system that provides collectors with a guarantee that a given stamp is official.
WNS can therefore serve as a powerful tool to support your marketing strategy, and will help you reach your sales target.
WADP offers its members B2B opportunities with reputable companies in the philatelic industry. After signing the WADP Code of Ethics and specific guidelines, Associate Members have been accepted by the WADP Management Committee.
Auctions and commerce
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, David Feldman has established itself over the past 50 years as one of the world's leading international stamp auction houses. The company is known for setting world records for the rarest stamps from around the world.
Our team of philatelists assist collectors from all countries or their heirs in building or selling their collections. David Feldman also supports the Museum of Philately - a website that showcases the world's largest stamp collections (www.museumofphilately.com). The Museum is also available in mobile apps on iOS and Android.
The company is a member of the World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP). It offers assistance and advice to the UPU and postal administrations around the world that wish to, for example:
- build or complete their national collections;
- improve the storage conditions or accessibility of their national collections for public display;
- meet their national heritage obligations.
Stampsdaq is a philately dedicated blockchain company aiming to bring together postal administrations, collectors and investors on a common NFT ecosystem to issue, collect, trade, play and learn with digital NFT postage stamps variations globally.
Operating from two manufacturing sites in the UK and France, we’ve built our reputation by delivering innovative solutions to over 180 administrations in the postal sector, where the Cartor name has become synonymous with highly creative and innovative stamp printing. Now, as we look to expand and open new markets, we are leveraging the expertise developed in this demanding sector and applying it to other key markets that could benefit from our extensive capabilities.
By using the very latest, state-of-the-art technology to make it difficult for counterfeiters to operate in industries with high monetary or intellectual value products and services, we operate on a different level to our competitors. Each of our manufacturing sites has invested heavily in specialist, yet complementary, equipment, thereby ensuring that the group can deliver a broad range of products and services from either facility.
From printing ID laminates, to providing advanced track and trace and authentication capabilities, our wide-ranging and unique solutions help companies combat fraud to better protect their brands and revenues.
Secure identities, secure data and secure infrastructures are the core competences of the Bundesdruckerei Group. The group companies protect with technologies and services 'Made in Germany' sensitive data, communications and infrastructures. The solutions are rooted in the secure identification of citizens, customers, employees and systems in both the analogue and digital world.
Bundesdruckerei GmbH is a leading German high-tech security company based in Berlin and a subsidiary of Bundesdruckerei Gruppe GmbH. With innovative solutions, products and technologies ‘Made in Germany’, the company protects identities and data. By creating trust and legal certainty in the digital society, Bundesdruckerei GmbH enables governments, companies and citizens to act with confidence in both the analog and the digital world. With more than 250 years of experience under our belt, the company is paving the way for a secure digital age.
Philatelic market development and trends
The WADP has carried out a study of philatelic market trends and development in 2023, the main results of which are shown below.
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