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Saturday, April 26, 2014

UPU News : Abidjan uni to house post office of the future

25.04.2014 - The Universal Postal Union and Côte d’Ivoire have announced plans to create a futuristic post office to provide 60,000 students at Abidjan University with state-of-the-art postal services.

The minister of post and information communication technologies, Bruno Nabagné Kone and Bishar A. Hussein, UPU director general, signed a declaration to this effect in the Ivoirian’s economic capital earlier this week.
“As part of our commitment to building a modern postal network on the African continent, the UPU and Côte d’Ivoire have expressed today their firm wish to work together on projects to develop postal services through innovative solutions responding to client needs,” said Hussein.
The Felix Houphouët Boigny University already houses a postal facility that will benefit from a complete re-haul. The UPU will contribute funds to this initiative.
“I am pleased that this renovation will be the first project under the renewed collaboration between the UPU and Côte d’Ivoire,” Hussein said. “We will equip this facility to ensure that students enjoy a top-class provision of postal services, ranging from the traditional to electronic.”
According to the declaration: “The Ivorian State provides strong support to its designated postal operator through a programme of investment and modernization that permits quality postal services to be provided to all its citizens without exception.”
Indeed, electronic services are set to feature heavily at the new post office. Plans are on the cards to provide a cyber-café, electronic money transfers and the possibility of carrying out online purchases.
During a visit to Abidjan from April 22-24, the UPU director general and Minister Nabagné Koné also signed an official agreement, reconfirming the country as host of the Union’s strategic conference. This will take place from October 14-15 in the country’s economic capital to take stock of developments since the Doha Congress in 2012.
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