West Africa commits to using Digitisation of Postal Services to enhance regional integration

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Countries in West Africa have committed to use digitisation of the postal services to enhance regional integration.

Consequently, the countries are working on plans to harmonise postal services in the sub region hinged on digitization.
Speaking at the opening of West African postal conference (WAPCO), Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful recognised postal infrastructure as essential for economic and social development.
The conference was on the theme, ‘Enhancing Regional Integration Through Digitisation, The Role Of The Pos.t’
The Communications Minister stated that, Ghana’s membership of WAPCO is very valuable as far as embracing the opportunities of digitisation are concerned.
In 2016, the global economy was worth $11.5 trillion or 15.5% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Mckinsey estimates that the internet could contribute to $300 billion to Africa’s GDP by 2025, she added.
At a brief ceremony held yesterday, the Minister said that, the digital revolution is a phenomenal opportunity for Africa and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.
She added that, Government of Ghana has recognised the benefits and advantages of the digital economy and the need to transform Ghana Post into a competitive, regionally integrated, world class and Information Communication Technology (ICT) focused.
She noted that postal infrastructure is important in economic and social development as well as the building of an effective and sustainable postal network.
She said, the postal sector can play a vital role in the acceleration of the regional integration process and that, this conference offers a valuable opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience of organisational, operational and regulatory issues to help shape the emerging landscape.
She emphasized that “it is our collective duty to explore how we can transform postal operations across the region by maximizing the opportunities that digitilisation offers”.
According to the Economic Intelligence Unit, Africa has leapfrogged the rest of the world to become a mobile first market and as internet penetration increases and consumers become increasingly comfortable with purchasing online, the African e-commerce market is projected to reach between $50 billion and $75 billion per year within the next 5 to 10 years.
In an interview with the Minister,she said “even in my vetting I made a commitment that we will transform the services of Ghana Post through digitalisation to make Post Offices the e-service centres across the country”.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Communication, George Kofi Andah, Managing Director of Ghana Post,Jones Kofi.
Additionally,she stated that ,the importance of building an effective and sustainable postal network which offers affordable and competitive services and product.

West African postal conference (WAPCO) has briefly organized a ceremony to enhance a regional integration through

Source: John APPIAH & Mercy Akpene AMEVOR || The Finder, Accra.

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