FROM LEFT :Uganda’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Information Hon. Nyombi Thembo, ICT CS Dr.Fred Matiang’i, CA DG Francis Wangusi and EACO Executive Secretary Hodge Semakula and Post Master General Dr.Enock Kinara at the EACO Postal Conference in Nairobi.

ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i challenged players in the postal/courier sector to develop new strategies and business models to ensure they remain vibrant and relevant.

“The ICT sector today is undergoing tremendous changes, thanks to the increased liberalization, competition and emergence of new technologies. The East African Community has made significant strides in harmonization of various areas of interest, the recent being the One Network Area in telecommunications, and as such, postal and courier should also be integrated with other services,” he added.

The CS was speaking during the East African Communications Organization (EACO) Postal Conference that took place in Nairobi this week. The conference themed “Leveraging Information Communication Technologies in the Transformation of the Postal & Courier Sector in the Region,” brought together the various stakeholders in postal/courier the industry to address service delivery gaps and address the new business opportunities that are emerging as a result of the digital evolution.

Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) Secretary General Younouss Djibrine said that the postal and courier sector still play an integral role in the socio-cultural transformation of the lives of people especially in Africa. “PAPU is spearheading sustainability projects of postal outlets to ensure promotion of innovative products and services and interoperability of international postal frameworks” he added.

CA DG Wangusi noted that the sector is increasingly seeking ways to modernize and diversify its services and products, evident through products such as Huduma Centres and financial services being offered by the Post via the ICT digital platforms.

The conference was attended by over 200 delegates from East Africa. In attendance also was Uganda’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Information Hon. Nyombi Thembo, EACO Executive Secretary Hodge Semakula, CA DG Francis Wangusi, Postmaster General, Dr. Enock Kinara, the representative of the Director General of Universal Postal Union (UPU) Alassane Guiro, Director of Infrastructure, East African Community, Mr. Philip Wambugu and Chairman and the Courier Industry Association of Kenya, Mr. Geoffrey Mwove.