“Africa must win as a whole”

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Prosper Ndlovu at Victoria Falls
The Pan-African values ​​of unity, solidarity and common purpose must inspire Africa to advance continental integration and consolidate its independence towards the achievement of shared development and prosperity, the President said yesterday. Mnangagwa.

In line with Africa’s Agenda 2063, a blueprint and blueprint for transforming the continent into the world power of the future, the president said that strengthening regional integration was essential to enable Africa to develop. ” achieve the global sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Officially opening here the 39th Ordinary Session of the Board of Directors of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) and the 10th Ordinary Session of the Elective Plenipotentiary Conference, he said the principles of Pan-Africanism, as set out in the Charter of the African Union, were indispensable if the continent was to achieve an inclusive destiny.

“At the heart of Pan-Africanism are the values ​​of unity, solidarity and common goal. These must continue to be applied as we consolidate Africa’s independence towards achieving shared development and prosperity for all our peoples, ”President Mnangagwa said.

“In the future, Africa is at a point where her sons and daughters are to serve humanity with unwavering loyalty and vigor for the ultimate benefit of all our people. “

He cautioned delegates to the high-level regional indaba, some of whom participated virtually, that the struggle for leadership positions should not be motivated by selfish personal gain, but by greater good for the whole continent. Regarding the selection of the new leadership of the African Union agencies, including PAPU, to which Zimbabwe seeks to elect Mr. Sifundo Chief Moyo, the President said these processes should be understood as part of the renewal and of service.

President Mnangagwa receives commemorative stamps of Pan African Postal Union Plenipotentiary Conference from Minister Jenfan Muswere while Vice President Chiwenga and Postmaster General Sifundo Moyo watch

“We can’t all be in leadership roles at the same time. It is a relay where the baton is passed to the next group of people, for the collective good of our continent.

“There are no winners or losers, it is Africa as a whole that wins… united we stand up, divided we fall. Together, in unity, we will win, ”said President Mnangagwa.

He also called on the African diaspora community to join us in deploying contemporary strategies in various socio-economic sectors, to promote the development of the continent.

Despite the disruptive Covid-19 pandemic, Zimbabwe this year managed to successfully host the PAPU Conference, which was suspended during the height of the lockdown in 2020. This demonstrates the resilience and daring of the African people, said the president, who then challenged PAPU and other regional agencies, to advance the founding vision of a united, peaceful, developed and integrated Africa.

While the postal and courier services sector has played a critical role in providing a wide range of services and information to marginalized communities with limited access to ICT-based services, President Mnangagwa said that Changing and merging realities require the industry to transform its operations in accordance with modern demands.

“The Covid-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to reflect and explore hitherto unexplored ground regarding how best the postal sector can embrace the new normal.

“This includes the use of new technologies such as drones for deliveries, blockchain technology for secure transactions, digital financial services, and tracking and tracing applications, among others,” he said. he declares.

Diversification into a wide range of services to improve competitiveness, said President Mnangagwa, was a necessity for the postal sector, which should further facilitate the delivery of key government services using virtual means.

“With the growth of e-commerce, there are opportunities to provide cost-effective channels for the delivery and collection of purchased items, as consumers become more and more comfortable with online shopping,” he said. he declares.

“The challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic demand that we hold hands and fight together in the face of adversity. “

The President said that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in particular, is breathing new life into the postal sector through distribution logistics opportunities in support of free trade and other cross-border activities.

As the region strives to bridge the digital divide and moves towards creating knowledge economies and developing innovation, President Mnangagwa cautioned delegates against cybercrime incidents and called for collective efforts to ensure user safety, affordability and efficiency of service.

He said Zimbabwe is committed to honoring its pledge to build PAPU headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, which will ease the financial burden on the AU in terms of providing workspace and staff. hosting meetings.

President Mnangagwa’s remarks come at a time when Africa looks forward to hosting the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress later this year in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. This will be a momentous occasion as Africa last hosted the same convention in 1934, in Egypt.

“By going to Abidjan, let us show that we are one people and one indivisible continent,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa also launched the PAPU Plenipotentiary Conference commemorative stamps, which symbolize the country’s joy in hosting the high-level regional meeting.

Vice President, who is also Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Minister of ICT, Posts and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere, his Deputy Cde Dingumuzi Phuthi, Minister of State and the Devolution of North Matabeleland, Cde Richard Moyo, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, George Charamba, senior officials and department heads also attended the conference.

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