Samoa Post receives new mail vehicles
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has beefed up the capacity of the Samoa Post Limited with the presentation of three new mail vehicles.
The official handover of the three vehicles was done at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday by the UPU Ambassador Bishar Hussein to Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology.
His portfolio also covers Samoa Post limited.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi gave the keynote address.
The two-day conference will provide a platform for the exchanging of views and sharing of ideas on how to improve Samoa’s postal networks.
Mr. Hussein said one of the goals behind the vehicle donation is to improve postal services and networks.
“The traditional postal service is no longer viable and we have to come up with ways to improve our networks and the services we provide for our citizens,” he said.
The second area of focus is the development of financial services, as many Samoans who live outside the country are limited in their options to send money home.
Almost all the Pacific island countries are in Samoa to attend the conference.
This is believed to be one of the contributions the U.P.U has blessed S.P.L with, as they had also provided the S.P.L with technical support and conducted conferences in the past years, trained Samoan staff and pay for their participation not only in Samoa but also all the other Pacific island countries.
His Excellency also described a few of the many challenges in meeting the needs of the member countries.
“The challenges are many and we are 192 different networks, different governments, different sizes, different economies, different challenges and different languages so putting this together, we want behave and update one network so that is a major challenge for us.”
“Second thing is the logistic ways and Pacific Island countries especially have problems of transport and shifts takes a long time to deliver,” he added.
Afamasaga acknowledged the generosity of the U.P.U with the donation of the expensive vehicles, which he said are worth about $24,000.
“We will look into using these vehicles wisely as to why the U.P.U have contributed them for, to serve our country,” he said.