Luxor hosts Arab Stamp Exhibition

16-01-2018 10:55 PM

Amany Khairy

The Upper Egyptian city of Luxor hosted the Arab Stamp Exhibition and Innovation in the field of secure printing from 9 to 11 January 2018. Some 40 exhibitors form 14 Arab countries participated in the event which was held in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.

The Head of Egypt’s National Postal Authority, Essam al-Saghir, reminded the participants that Egypt was the first Arab and African country to issue postage stamps in 1866; England had issued the first stamp in the world in 1840. He said postage stamps acted as ambassadors among countries, and recorded important events in history.

Mr Saghir pointed out that the organisation of this exhibition comes within the framework of Egypt Post’s intention to develop the hobby of stamp collecting in Egypt and the Arab world. Egyptian philatelic organisations participated in the exhibition for the first time to coordinate with the Arab postal administrations to develop a joint system for improving stamp collection as a hobby.

On the margin of the exhibition, Egypt Post also organised workshops to develop secure printing technology.

Egypt Post issued a new stamp to commemorate Post Day which Egypt marks on 2 January, the date the Egyptian Postal Authority was established in 1865.

Watani International

16 January 2018

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