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Published 13th June 2003, 9:21am

Approximately 50 delegates are expected to attend the 7th Caribbean Postal Union (CPU) Conference, hosted by the Cayman Islands Government 23 - 27 June 2003, at the Hyatt Regency.

The first three days of the conference are designated for Postmasters General while Ministers responsible for postal services will meet on the final two days.

A key agenda item for the Postmasters General portion of the conference is terminal dues, the system by which postal administrations calculate payment due for handling each other's mail. Revenue from postal services is still an important source of foreign exchange for many regional countries so any changes to the terminal dues payment structure remain a concern. Converting postal services into commercialised institutions, the future of the UPU and its impact on developing countries are two of the discussion topics planned for the Ministers' meeting.

Director of the Universal Postal Union, Thomas Leavey and the Deputy Director General, Moussibahow Mazou, both plan to attend the talks. Conference organiser, Acting Postmaster General, Sheena Glasgow is pleased that these key members of the specialised agency that governs the world-wide postal industry and sets international standards will be in attendance. "It is not customary for both gentleman to attend regional conferences together so this is an honour for the Cayman Islands," she comments. Delegates will represent postal administrations in the Caribbean region; however representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and France are also expected.

"The conference will be a great opportunity for Caribbean postal administrations to begin collectively protecting their interests by formulating strategies to deal with some of the international issues to be addressed at the Universal Postal Union's 23rd World Congress Meeting in 2004 in Bucharest, Romania next year," says Minister responsible for Postal Service, Hon. Linford Pierson, OBE, JP. He adds that he is looking forward to chairing the panel discussion on postal co-operation.

Following the conference, a small number of delegates will remain on island for the Executive Council meeting of the Caribbean Postal Union on 28 June.

(GIS)