Resolution on the Study on the Merger of the Pan-African Telecommunications Union (PATU) and the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU


CM/Res.1397 (LVI)



RESOLUTION ON THE STUDY ON THE MERGER OF THE PAN-AFRICAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION (PATU) AND THE PAN-AFRICAN POSTAL UNION (PAPU)


The Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity, meeting in its Fifty -sixth Ordinary Session in Dakar, Senegal, from 22 to 28 June 1992,


Having considered the Report of the Secretary-General on the Merger of PATU and PAPU, Doc. No. CM/1717 (LVI),


Recalling Resolution CM/Res.1050 (XXIV), requesting the Secretary-General to conduct a study on the merger of PATU and PAPU,


Further recalling Resolutions CM/Res.1240 (L) and CM/Res.1346 (LIV) on the financial difficulties facing the OAU Specialized Agencies,


Aware of the importance of posts and telecommunications in providing the necessary infrastructure for the economic integration of the Continent and in promoting intra - African trade,


Convinced of the need to coordinate the activities of Member States in the posts and telecommunications sub-sectors in an efficient and cost-effective manner,


Considering the difficult economic conditions facing African countries that have adversely affected the ability of Member States to honor their financial obligations towards PATU and PAPU,


Conscious of the need to restructure and rationalize continental and regional organizations in the field of posts and telecommunications in the light of Africa’s effort to establish an African Economic Community:


  1. TAKES NOTE of the report of the Secretary-General on the Study on the Merger of PATU and PAPU;


  1. EXPRESSES ITS GRATITUDE to UNDP for funding the Study on the Merger of PATU and PAPU;


  1. REQUESTS the Secretary-General of the OAU to ascertain the views of Member States on the question of merger of PATU and PAPU taking into account previous consultations on the matter and the fact that the study was inconclusive;

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  1. FURTHER REQUESTS the Secretary-General of the OAU to hold consultations with PATU and PAPU with a view to convening jointly

a meeting of African Experts on Posts and Telecommunications and relevant African and international organizations;


  1. INSTRUCTS the Secretary-General of the OAU to circulate the report of the above meeting to all Member States for comments and report thereafter to Council.

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