Tanzania eyes postal service digitisation

postal  quinn.anyaThe step is directed at establishing Tanzanian postal service on new models built on information and communication technology. (Image source: quinn.anya/Flickr)The Tanzania Posts Corporation has revealed plans to go digital in an attempt to keep pace with technological advancements

The Tanzanian science and technology minister, Makame Mbarawa, said that the postal services had to establish its business on new models built on information and communication technology.

“We are living in a digital era and our way of doing things should be in line with the time,” said Mbarawa.

According to the minister, the “use of technology and e-commerce is not an option but mandatory” and that “it is the core ingredient to all businesses for reforming the sectors and retraining staff”.

International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) director general, Bishar Hussein, said that the current situation at most postal services companies across the African continent was of concern.

He added that the postal office business was increasingly becoming vulnerable to the rapid changes the ICT sector was undergoing, hence the need to craft innovative approaches to help post office companies stay in business and make profits.

Senior official at the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), Younouss Djibrine, said, “The current plan, whose formulation and validation is the main reason for our meeting, bears special significance to Africa as the programmes are based on the regional priorities we had identified within the framework of the round table meeting prior to the Doha Congress.”

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