By R. Joyclyn Wea
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MoPT) Tuesday October 9, 2018 joined 192 postal administrations worldwide to commemorate the 144th “World Post Day”.
Post represents a single global territory linked to individual designated operators ensuring the unhindered movement of mail among postal actors.
This year’s World Post Day which is being held under the theme: “the post delivering good to the world” took place at the post office, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in Monrovia.
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) was created in 1874 as United Nations Agency to oversee delivery of global postal services; ninety-five years later, the Tokyo 1969 congress of the UPU declared October 9 each year as world post day”; a day set aside to mark anniversary of the creation of the universal postal union (UPU) world post day celebration is intended to create awareness on the services and new products of the post.
Despite the rapid evolving business environment, where digitization and communications have taken center stage, the post remains the largest global network through which people and business interact through parcel delivery, remittances, financial services and other forms of postal activities.
Delivering on behalf of Bishar A. Hussein, Director General of UPU International Bureau, Pa Lamin Beyai stressed the need for people to appreciate gallant postmen and women, whose daily dedication is a testament of the mission of the universal postal union thus delivering universal services for all in order to facilitate communication between all citizens.
“The post has delivered goods to the world for centuries through the trusted postmen and postwomen in each community. As we mark world post day today, let us celebrate trust, reliability and security as the hallmark of postal services worldwide.”
“Driven by its universal service obligation, the post promotes social inclusion by striving to ensure that all citizens have access to its communication services, including people living in remote places, on isolated islands, and in disaster-prone areas,” he explained.
Also speaking, the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Cooper Kruah explained that Liberia postal service has established outlets in twelve of Liberia’s fifteen counties, but the effective delivery of the needed service still remains a challenge.
“The inadequacy of appropriation through the national budget is adversely affecting the full delivery of postal services in rural Liberia,” he claimed.
Minister Kruah further noted that “we cannot and will not rely on traditional postal services like letter mail, parcels and philatelic sales if we must be relevant to the economic transformation of our country.”