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Minister calls on international postal union to lift sanctions against Somalia

Wednesday April 10, 2019

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Somali government has urged the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to lift sanctions imposed on Somalia, saying the ban has denied the country meaningful access to the postal union services.

Abdi Ashur Hassan, the country’s minister for the post, telecommunications and technology said the postal services support the economy of every country in several ways as they solve the basic logistics for e-commerce to flourish and thus create employment opportunities for

He has appealed to members of the Council of Administration at UPU Headquarters in Bern in Switzerland for their support in the arduous task of reconstruction postal services in Somalia.
“I pledge the support of the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia to all initiatives to revive postal services that will enable us to rejoin the global postal fraternity,” added the minister,” he said.

The minister stated that the resumption of postal services in Somalia will require a number of major tasks including formulation of national policy and legislative framework; preparation of operational plans, product and market development; recruitment and development of human resources; the procurement of operational equipment; and the reconstruction of post offices across major cities.

Hassan thanked the UPU for the support it has provided to Somalia over the past few years that includes the resumption of international incoming mail among other short initiatives.

 “I take this opportunity to thank the UPU and, in particular, the Director-General Ambassador Bishar Hussein for making this possible,” said the minister.

UPU Director General, Bishar Hussein, said UPU will do everything it can to facilitate Somalia in rejoining the UPU family. Hussein acknowledged the positive initiatives and commitment that the Somalia Ministry of Post has made in recent years.

Somalia has not an en effective postal system since the collapse of the central government in 1991.


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