ISTANBUL, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Representatives from the world's postal sector started their 17-day congress on Tuesday, targeting the adoption of significant reforms to compete with the fierce competition.
The 26th Universal Postal Congress, the supreme authority of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), is aiming for a new world postal strategy for the three-year period from 2017 until 2020.
"The congress promises to be a turning point for global postal services," said UPU's Director General Bishar Hussein during his address at the opening session.
"Indeed, rapidly changing technologies have created new market realities, which in turn are driving alternative service options and a whole new set of customer expectations. The Post and the UPU are in the spotlight: they must now, more than ever, evolve to remain relevant," he added.
In his opinion, global postal services need to develop in a manner which enhances network infrastructure inter-operability in order to ensure sustainable and modern products.
He appealed to member countries to encourage the sector towards effective functioning to meet the fierce competition, highlighting the necessity for reforms.
In his speech, Turkey's Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, additionally called for adopting necessary reforms as motivation for sustainable development.
Citing the Turkish Postal Service's success story, Yildirim noted that the institution was underperforming until it began operations in multiple sectors as per modern-day requirements.
"Now it provides services in the banking sector, information technology and shipment sectors," he said, adding that the Turkish institution is making a profit.
Some 2,000 delegates from 192 UPU member nations will participate in the quadrennial congress event.
As the first environmentally-friendly congress, the meeting in Istanbul hopes to save four tons of paper, Yildirim said.
"The delegates will receive congress documentation via tablets to be distributed during sessions," noted Yildirim.