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April 30, 2004 – About 80 postal officials from 26 countries and dependencies will visit St. Thomas in the coming week as the U.S. Postal Service hosts the 8th annual Caribbean Postal Union Conference.
The event will be held from Monday through Friday at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort.
Lea Emerson, a program manager with the Postal Service, said she expects people from all over the Caribbean as well as France, the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom and the U.S. mainland to participate She said these five European and North American countries have the largest exchange of mail with Caribbean countries — with the United Kingdom and the United States topping the list.
The Caribbean Postal Union is a regional arm of the Universal Postal Union, a United Nations specialized agency.
At the St. Thomas meeting, Emerson said, the delegates will address such issues as the upcoming Universal Postal Union Conference in Bucharest and "world postal strategy," which has to do with how payments are made between countries for the delivery of mail.
Another topic to be discussed, Emerson said, is competition. She said about a dozen private agencies providing services similar to those of the U.S. Postal Service now operate in the United States. They sell their services "to business customers — ones with millions of pieces of mail," she said.
V.I. Postmaster Louis A. Jackson said in a release that this is the first time the United States has hosted a Caribbean Postal Union conference and that St. Thomas was chosen as the site because of its "cultural relevancy" to the rest of the Caribbean.

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