Government intends to introduce new means of technology in the country’s post offices aimed at enhancing Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC) service delivery and securing the survival of old means of sending mail.
Speaking to the media as the country commemorated World Postal Day Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu said it remains the wish of government to incorporate services like the internet in the post offices in the country to keep abreast of the competition.
“The coming of other forms of technology of sending mail like the internet has greatly challenged old forms of sending mail. This has made people to think that the traditional mail has died but we want to sensitise people on how reliable it is.
“We want every new means of sending mail to be available in our post offices. Services like sending money and water bills payment should be accessed by all people while on the other hand, we are breathing a new life into MPC though the introduction of new services,” said Kunkuyu.
The country’s Post Master General Andrew Kumbatira described technology as a complementary aspect of his company saying it brings more opportunities than being a treat as many would like to believe.
“We have noticed that although the number of people and organisations sending letters has dwindled, the volume of packets and parcels has increased as a result of technology,” explained Kumbatira adding, “MPC is there also to complement other forms of new technology including packages that are bought on the net that need the traditional means of sending mail like the courier service to be delivered to the owners.
He said as a corporation they look at the advent of technology as an opportunity for the nation because they enable people and companies do things they could not.
World Postal Day was introduced by Universal Postal Union and is commemorated on October 9 but Malawi has celebrated the day a little late due to logistical challenges.