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ITU, UPU sign MoU on new standards for mobile payments

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré Secretary General, International Telecommunication
Union (ITU) joins Bishar A. Hussein, Director-General, Universal Postal Union

28 March 2014, Bern
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré met with the Director General of sister UN agency UPU, Bishar A. Hussein, to discuss challenges and opportunities linked to the rapid global growth of e-commerce at the UPU E-Commerce Forum, which took place from 26-27 March in Bern.

In addition to delivering a keynote address to around 250 assembled delegates from UN agencies, the postal sector and the wider e-commerce industry, Dr Touré put his signature to a Memorandum of Understanding between ITU and UPU aimed at leveraging new technologies to extend the reach of postal services and developing international standards for mobile payments.

This is a tremendous opportunity for two venerable institutions to step together boldly in the 21st century – and to make the world a better place for all citizens," said Dr Touré.

With lack of Internet connectivity and access to stable sources of electricity often hampering the effective provision of postal services, the ITU-UPU initiative will explore new business models for post offices to better deliver services in rural and remote communities with help from information communications technology.