‘Postal services still vital for information exchange’

Minister of Information, Moses Kunkuyu Wednesday said despite the coming in of advanced technology, postal services play a vital role in the exchange of information and goods.

“In Malawi, one can’t talk of communication operators that have a direct presence within rural communities without talking of the post office.

“One can’t talk of exchange of parcels and important business documents between cities, towns and villages without a mention of courier operators,” he observed at this year’s World Post Day Commemorations held at Nyungwe Primary School in Chiradzulu.

Kunkuyu said government recognizes that postal services have great potential in delivering essential social economic services to all Malawians across the country.

He urged postal operators to aim at reaching remotest parts of the country, especially those underserved communities that are disconnected from the information super highway.

Malawi Post Master General Andrew Kumbatira
Malawi Post Master General Andrew Kumbatira

Board Chairperson for the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), Martha Kwataine said at a time when some sectors might be questioning the relevance of the postal industry in the face of fast changing technologies, it is pleasing that the industry’s services have been innovative.

“This really shows that the postal industry is able to adapt to change, embrace new technologies and remain in sync with changing times. This should be commended and encouraged,” she added.

In his remarks, Postmaster General for the Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC), Andrew Kumbatira pointed out that despite the coming in of technology; the postal industry is still delivering letters urging the public not to lose sight of this fact.

“This contributes to the social and economic development of Malawi in one way or another,” he said, urging other players in the postal sector to continue being innovative and serve customers better since 21st century customers are more demanding.

World Post Day Commemorations are marked every October 9. Countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. The Posts in many countries use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.

This year’s commemoration was under the theme: ‘The post, delivering for people and businesses daily’.

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