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South Sudan Becomes Latest Member of UN Postal Union

South Sudan Becomes Latest Member of UN Postal Union

New York, Oct 6 2011 - South Sudan has become the newest member of the United Nations Universal Postal Union (UPU), the agency announced today.

The country, which gained independence on 9 July, became the 192nd Member State to join the organization, which regulates international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services.

“The UPU is pleased to welcome South Sudan as a member of the global postal family,” said its Director General, Edouard Dayan.

“The postal network is an important infrastructure that helps respond to inhabitants’ communication needs as well as a country’s socioeconomic development. We will be delighted to work with government and postal officials to help them develop their national postal network and provide technical and regulatory advice,” he said.

The membership became effective on Tuesday following an official request by the Government of South Sudan noting its membership of the UN, which is a prerequisite to join the UPU.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

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