[12July, 2022] The Communications Regulators’ Association ofSouthern Africa (CRASA) and the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) signed aMemorandum ofUnderstanding (MOU) during a signing ceremony organised by PAPU on the side-lines of the Regional Workshop on the African Postal Strategy, held on 11July 2022, at the Pullman Hotel, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thcretary General of PAPU, Mr Sifundo Chief Moyo signed the agreement on behalfof PAPU, while Mr Brian Kasonka Mwansa, Head of Postal, signed the MoU onbehalf of the CRASA Executive Secretary, Mrs Bridget Linzie.
The main objective of the MoU is to explore all possible avenues and benefits of collaboration between CRASA and PAPU and to enhance collaboration where both Parties agree to do so, within the context of their existing mandates. The MoU will allow CRASA and PAPU to collaborate on various actions aimed at promoting harmonised continental positions on issues of mutual interest that are deliberated and decided at international level. The two (2) parties agreed also to organise and convene joint training and capacity building programmes in areas that fall within the mandate of both Parties.
CRASA is a regional body of regulators dealing in telecommunications, broadcasting and postal sectors in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region whose main focus is harmonisation of the Postal and Information Communications Technologies (ICTs)regulatory environment in order to improve the business environment and investment climate in the SADC region. CRASA currently has a total of 13 Members; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
PAPU is a specialised institution of the African Union (AU) whose main objective is to coordinate all activities aimed at developing postal services on the African continent.