SECRETARY GENERAL LEADS CELEBRATIONS TO MARK PAPU DAY
PAPU Secretary General, Mr. Younouss Djibrine kicked off celebrations to mark the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) Day on 18th January 2013 at the General Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania, with a message of hope for postal services on the continent.
Accompanied by the Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Kola Aduloju, the Secretary General reassured stakeholders that Africa was aware of the increasing importance of modernization and diversification of postal products and services using the ICT platform.
“I wish to discount the misconception that ICTs are a threat to the postal sector. The posts’ widespread interlinked network of nearly 660,000 post offices worldwide of which over 30,000 are in Africa, gives the sector a distinctive advantage as a catalyst for socio-economic development.
He said posts provide easy access to ICT services and products via internet and are committed to build an all-inclusive information society for electronic, financial and physical mail delivery services.
The theme of this year’s celebrations is: “Growing Postal Revenues in a Digital Economy.”
Mr. Younouss who also addressed members of staff at the PAPU Headquarters, challenged the Secretariat to provide professional, loyal and dedicated services to member countries. He reiterated his commitment to look after their welfare in line with the Union’s rules and procedures.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that member countries enthusiastically celebrated PAPU Day through various publicity programmes including newspaper supplements, radio and television news interviews and special outreach functions to raise the sector’s awareness among stakeholders.
In the United Republic of Tanzania, the Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Hon. Professor Makame Mbarawa, the Director General of Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Professor John Nkoma and the Postmaster General of Tanzania Post Corporation, Mr. Deos Mndeme issued statements of support, underscoring the important role played by the postal sector in national development.
The Minister said: “Through the 2003 National Postal Policy, the Government (Tanzania) is committed to attract more investment and encourage technological development to enhance operational efficiency and better service delivery.”