The 13th Asian-Pacific Postal Union (hereinafter referred to as APPU) Congress was held from August 29 to September 2 in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 200 delegates and observers from 32 APPU member countries, the Universal Postal Union and other international organizations attended the congress. Zhao Min, head of Chinese delegation and deputy director-general of the State Post Bureau, and Wen Shaoqi, vice president of China Post Group Corporation Limited, attended the opening ceremony in Beijing.
The congress reviewed and approved the APPU’s structure of the new cycle, amended the Acts of the Union, celebrated the 60th anniversary of APPU, and elected the new secretary general of APPU and the new chair and vice chair of the APPU Executive Council. Vinaya Prakash Singh, senior deputy director-general of Department of Posts of India's Ministry of Communications, defeated Candidate Lindsay Welsh from New Zealand to become the new secretary general of APPU. Thailand and China were elected as the new chair and vice chair of the APPU Executive Council respectively. The congress also reviewed and approved China's election as co-chair of the Supply Chain Working Group.
Immediately after the closing of the 13th APPU Congress, the 9th APPU Postal Business Forum was held from September 5 to 6. Focusing on "sustaining digital transformation", the forum discussed the strategic orientation, future trends, sustainable development and other issues of the postal sector. In Session 2: Postal Development and Cooperation in Asia-Pacific Region in the context of RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), Lin Zejian, deputy general manager of China Post Group Parcel, Express and Logistics Business Unit, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of China Post. He shared his insights on the new opportunities RCEP brought to the Posts in the Asia-Pacific region, and gave suggestions on deepening regional win-win cooperation and jointly promoting development of the postal sector. His speech elicited positive responses at the forum, delegates of some countries expressed their intention of strengthening exchanges and cooperation with China in international transportation and other fields.
During the forum, APPU also held the award ceremony of the 3rd APPU Regional Awards. China Post submitted entries and won 3 awards out of the 4 categories. Xu Long, a postman at the Shanghai-lu Collection and Delivery Station of China Post Group Wuhan Jiang’an Branch, won the gold award of the "Best Service Individuals" for his anti-epidemic deeds. China Post won the silver award of the "Best Contributions/Initiatives” for the great efforts it made to guarantee supply and open and smooth logistics service during the anti-epidemic period. Shijiazhuang Posts and Telecommunications Technical College won the silver award of the "Best Innovations/Practices" for its cloud-based training innovation and practice in the case of epidemic prevention and control.
APPU is an international inter-governmental postal organization in the Asia-Pacific region, with 32 member countries currently. The purpose of APPU is to extend, facilitate and improve postal relations between member countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and to promote cooperation in the field of postal services. Since China joined APPU on November 17, 1975, it has maintained friendly cooperative relationship with it ever since, and hosted the Annual Conferences of APPU Executive Council in Beijing (1987), Hainan (2003), and Hong Kong (2012).