Delegates drawn from five East African states converged in Nairobi today to develop a joint Postal Development Strategy aimed at revitalizing postal services in the region.
The delegates made up of postal operators and regulators from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are gathered to formulate strategies on how to bring back diminishing business through modernization of postal infrastructure, provision quality e-services and development electronic Addressing Systems among others.
Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Sammy Itemere who officially opened the workshop at a Nairobi Hotel today said postal services in Kenya and the region suffered loss of business following stiff competition, high cost of postal infrastructure and shift to efficient and effective digital communication that eliminated distance and boundaries,
Mr Itemere said there is opportunity to achieve reforms for sustainable and affordable postal delivery system in the region through development of a common strategy.
He explained that Kenya has initiated a process to review policy and regulatory frameworks to address new challenges in the postal sector. He said and independent task force has been instituted to advise government on how to make postal network economically viable by dealing in insurance products and participating in financial inclusion.
He said the East Africa Cooperation on Postal Development Strategy aims at identifying major issues affecting the Corporation regionally, establishment of strategy framework and setting upon of regional goals and objectives for implementation.
January 12th 2017