Liberia Observes 41st Pan African Postal Union Day with Calls to Digitalize Postal Services

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By Emmanuel Tatormue Kollie

Liberia on Monday, January 18, joined other countries on the continent to celebrate the 41st Anniversary of the Pan African Postal Union Day (PAPU).

Founded in 1980, the PAPU is an organ of the African Union responsible for the regulation and coordination of all postal activities in Africa.

Delivering a special statement to commemorate the day, Deputy Minister for Operations at Post and Telecommunications said PAPU has played a vital road over the years in providing technical support to the Ministry.

Deputy Minister Mike Gonlehtuo said since Liberia joined the continental postal body, the Country has benefited from training and IT equipment which has enhanced modernization and effective running of the county’s postal sector.

Mr Gonlehtou said with the existence of internet technology, Ministry of Post sees it as an opportunity to diversify its activities into electronic and other ICT related products to make the sector more attractive.

‘’Today, the Ministry is digitalizing its counter service where its activities will be automated for easy and faster transactions, efficiency, accountability and transparency,’’ he noted.

The post and Telecommunications deputy for operations disclosed that Electronic postal services have been extended to the rural offices beginning with Buchannan Regional Post Office, Robert Sports Post Office, Tubmanburg Post office, and Gbarnga Regional Post office among others.

He stated that within a couple of months a team from the Ministry will be moving into the regions to install what he termed as “hard-wares” and other specialized IT equipment for effective used.

‘’It is expected that in this year all outbound nails from these locations will be captured directly on the post platform for easy tracking and accountability, Today’s costumers can utilize the network themselves to track mail online’’ Gonlehtuo maintained.

Deputy Minister Gonlentuo furthered that currently, the Ministry is reconstructing and rehabilitating its lockboxes to address the needs for businesses and institutions to obtain valid mailing addresses.

He said plans are on the way to penalize any business or institution that will refuse to regularize payment for P.O. Box numbers.

Speaking briefly at the occasion, Post and Telecommunication Minister Cooper W. Kruah called for greater collaboration to enhance Liberia’s postal system.

He said for too long the country has continued to thrive on traditional mailing system as opposed to other nations in the region.

Minister Kruah added that with the support of President George Weah, he is upbeat that Liberia’s postal sector is on its way to meeting present-day reality.