World Post Day Celebration

World Post Day Celebrated by MCIT and Private postal sector

The World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9th October that coincides with the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. Since then, 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 and discuss about the opportunities and challenges.

 To mark this event, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Afghanistan (MCIT) also celebrated the World Post Day at Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul city on 9 October, 2016.

At the beginning, H.E Abdulrazaq Vahidi  the Minister of Communications and Information Technology(MCIT) briefly the participants about the  background and importance of post services  and called this day an opportunity to review the past achievements and challenges in postal sector where stakeholders from government and private sector can seek solutions to the problems and threats.

He added that since its membership at the Universal Postal Union, Afghan postal sector has paved ups and downs and finally have reached to a status that  to some extent can meet the regional and international standards in terms of service delivery and polices.

Mr. Vahidi add that “As a result of joint efforts and initiatives by public and private sector,  currently five private companies including Bakhter Speedy Post, TNT, DHL, FedEx and Nye Express provide postal services throughout Afghanistan and at the regional and international level.”

Mr. Ahmad Shah Sadaat was another speaker of the day. He referred to MCIT’s focus on post modernization and the need to further strengthen collaboration with international community and the postal departments to introduce new technologies and services to the existing activities that can finally create more facilities to the Afghan citizens.

In terms of Afghan Post, Mr. Sadaat said: At leadership of the Ministry,  we all have agreed to gradually transit Afghan Post to a state-owned company rather than a Directorate in MCIT’s Tashkil so that it can operate more effectively in the market and bring up new initiatives.

The Technical Deputy Minister added: “We are working for modernization of the post in the country, and some programs have already been designed in this regard. The Afghan Post revenue has increased after we have signed the MoU on distribution of passports through post offices and this project has added an amount of 153 million Afs to the government.”

Speaking about the World Post Day, Mr. Ahmad Vatyhid Wais said: “Celebration of this day means that we value the importance of postal services worldwide. He added: “By providing reliable and quality services,  post traffic doubled during the year 1395 in the country which has also generated significant revenue for the government.”

Mr. Abdulsamad Wahaj chairman of Bakhter Speedy Post, who spoke on behalf of private companies said: “Despite ICT development, Post has kept its important position.”

 He mentioned that even though there are challenges such as insecurity, week support from MoF department of Costume and limitation of internal flights but Mr. The leadership of MCIT has supported private sector to the extent possible.