ASEAN meeting seeks to increase postal market share in new situation

The 28th ASEAN Postal Business Meeting kicked off on December 7 in the central province of Binh Dinh, drawing delegates from the ten ASEAN countries namely Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.
An overview of the meeting. (Photo: VNA)
An overview of the meeting. (Photo: VNA)

Addressing the event, Chairman of the Board of Management of Vietnam Post Corporation Nguyen Hai Thanh said that the postal sector is facing a volatile world with competition from both inside and outside and its market share is significantly reduced. Those changes force the sector to diversify services and attract companies operating in other fields to enter the postal space, he said.

Thanh said that the meeting offers an opportunity for the postal services of ASEAN countries to promote bilateral cooperation activities in business development, provide technical support and share experience to increase postal market share, contributing to the development of a prosperous and united postal community in the region.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Lam said that it is necessary for the postal industry to develop digital infrastructure, synchronous and modern data infrastructure. He also underlined the need to accelerate the digitisation of products and services, adapting to the competition for companies specialising in digitisation in other fields to provide further digital services to the e-government, e-commerce and e-finance.

During the three-day meeting, participants will discuss the implementation of multilateral cooperation and action plans adopted at the Congress of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the Asia-Pacific Postal Union (APPU).

Particularly, the 10 ASEAN countries will mull over global postal trends; opportunities and challenges of the postal sector in the coming time and solutions to improve the quality of traditional delivery services, express mail services (EMS), stamp and value-added services.

The meeting will also seek initiatives and optimal solutions to ensure the harmonious interests of member countries in jointly cooperating and developing ASEAN postal services.

Earlier, the Vietnam Post Corporation hosted the 7th edition of the meeting in Hanoi in 2000 and the 17th edition in Da Nang in 2010.