Papu: Postal union for rural services

PAN African Postal Union (Papu) has urged postal service providers to concentrate on developing more operations in rural areas on the continent where there is little or no availability of advanced communication.

The appeal was made yesterday in Blantyre by Papu’s Assistant Secretary General Rhoda Masaviru during the official opening of the fourth African Support Committee to the organisation of the congress of Universal Postal Union (UPU) to be held in Kenya in 2008.

Masaviru said the success of the congress in Nairobi would depend on the strategies to be adopted on the current challenges that range from revenue, terminal dues to mail dispatch.

In her opening remarks Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati urged all participating countries to ensure that the agenda of the UPU congress reflects training for postal personnel including maximizing access to rural masses.

She added that the current meeting must come up with factual and practical objectives ahead of the meeting in Kenya that should see Africa making progress in the sector for the next four years after 2008.

Over 30 African countries that include Ghana, Nigeria Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe are attending the meeting in Blantyre which is expected to wind up today.

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