Government eyes ways to enhance and utilize postal services

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai receives one of the UPU funded vehicles from the Director General of the Universal Postal Union, Ambassador Bishar, A Hussein today.

By Faye Seiuli

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2019: The Government of Samoa is exploring two regional workshops on postal service Samoa is hosting this week, to find ways to enhance and utilise the local postal service.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai said people are neglecting postal services because of the rapid advent of technology.

“Most people are using email to mail, using Facebook and many other types of social media to communicate,” he said.

The Government is looking Postal Services providing passport photos and identification cards for general elections and payment of bills.

The Minister also said that Government considered commercializing the service, but thought twice about it and decided to keep the service under Government.

Afamasaga hopes that by the end of the two day workshop, Samoa will be able to have a draft on how to move forward and enhance the work of the postal service under the current climate.

The 2 workshops are hosted by the Samoa Post Service in collaboration with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on Computerization of International Mails Accounting to modernize, facilitate and enhance postal services connectivity and efficiency.

The objective of the workshop is to enlighten designated operators in the region, of the Union’s new policies, and the initiative to create a platform for a Pacific perspective and dialogue, on implications of new policies and positions of designated operators of the region.

There will also be a CEO conference inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the Director General of the UPU, Ambassador Bishar, A Hussein.

The UPU Director General also handed over 3 new mail vehicles (Greta), funded under the Universal Postal Union, Quality Service Fund to Samoa Post.

This assistance helps capacity building and enables the achievement of performance and delivery targets by Samoa Post.

The vehicles were purchased locally at a cost of $80,000 per vehicle.