UPU Elections – Kenya’s Candidate Elected Director General-Addressing Gets SupportBy
The new Director General of the UPU is Ambassador Bishar Hussein of Kenya, who takes over from Director General Edouard Dayan at the same time he completes his term as Chair of the Council of Administration of the UPU. The Executive Director of GADA knows Ambassador (Director General) Hussein very well, having had his office at the UPU literally ‘next door’ for the last four years.
This is an important election for Africa, as its importance and development both evolve rapidly. Participation by African delegations at the the UPU have been increasing in number and impact over the last eight years, and very meaningful contributions have been made to the UPU’s work by its members from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and from Tunisia and Morocco in the north. It is also important to mention Egypt, which one does not think of as in Africa, but its work on addressing and leadership of UPU committees has been important.
Many of the countries in Africa have taken up the cause of addressing and are making rapid strides in development. We predict that within ten years an “address industry” will develop, along with more sophisticated direct and interactive marketing, as the continent’s politics resolve themselves and the UN’s development projects take effect. The recent appointment of Mme Anna Tibaijuka, Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development,Tanzania, as UPU Special Ambassador for the Addressing the world – an address for everyone campaign, is of special importance. Mme Tibaijuka has a remarkable background which includes service as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–HABITAT). It’s safe to say that the address now has a formidable proponent.