ICT Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati (second right) with Phydes Mwanjuma Wanjala of  Maryhill School, Thika (centre) the winner of this year’s International Letter Writing competition  during the World Post Day celebrations. He is flanked by CA Chairman Ngene Gituku (left) Post Master General Dr. Enock Kinara and the CA DG, Francis Wangusi. 

Kenya today joined the global postal community and the local fraternity to mark the 141st World Post Day. It also released commemorative stamps marking the 150th Anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
 
The World Postal Day is celebrated each year on 9 October to mark the anniversary of the inception of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Berne. The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries.
 
A colourful ceremony to mark the day was held at Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi addressed by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications, Mr. Joseph Tiampati who represented the Chief Guest, ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, the Chairman of Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Mr. Ngene Gituku who also read the speech by the UPU Director General, Amb. Bishar Hussein, the CA Director General, Mr. Francis Wangusi, Postmaster General, Postal Corporation of Kenya, Dr. Enock Kinara, and the Chairman of Courier Industry Association of Kenya (CIAK), Mr. Geoffrey Mwove.
 
The ceremony also saw the presentation of awards to the six winners of this year’s International Letter Writing Competition and also the launch of four stamps commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The stamps depict milestone communications services such as analogue/digital signal, terrestrial services, space services and, of course, the official ITU 150th anniversary logo.
In his address, Mr.Tiampati reiterated the government’s commitment to ensure that innovation, integration and inclusion become the key drivers for the future of the postal and courier sector in Kenya.
 
He said the government has leveraged on the 700 post offices countrywide to provide government services in one-stop-shop Huduma Centres.
Amb. Hussein lauded the Post for overcoming many challenging and starting innovative services worldwide.
“The Universal Postal Union, in its draft World Postal Strategy for 2017–2020, has identified postal industry reform as the key driver for the future. In its blueprint, Vision 2020, the UPU focuses on innovation, integration and inclusion as the main factors that will drive postal business in the future,” he said.
On his part, the CA Chairman, Mr. Gituku noted the continued positive growth in Postal and Courier sector and adoption of new technologies in tandem with global trends to facilitate efficient delivery of services.
Mr. Wangusi commended the sector’s resilience and for having reinvented itself in the face of competition from emerging ICTs. To catalyse growth in the sector, he said, the Authority is implementing a new market structure that simplifies the licensing procedures and reduces licensable categories in order to ease market entry. It will also review the Quality of Service (QOS) to improve performance.
Mr. Kinara called for funding of PCK under the Universal Service Fund (USF) in order to avail Postal products and services to the remotest Parts of the country.
Mr. Mwove, while commending the Authority for giving the courier growth impetus, decried the proliferation of unlicensed players who, he said, were a risk to the courier network in the country.