Ministry of Post to Introduce Postal Address, E-gov’t

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The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MOPT) has disclosed plans to introduce the national postal address system and E-government program in enhancing internal operations in the country.

At the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Tuesday in Monrovia, Minister Frederick Norkeh explained that the E-government program will help provide services to consumers in their business dealings in a paperless environment.

 Minister Norkeh said the program, which focuses on information and communication technology, is intended to enhance government’s regular activities throughout the country.

He explained that the postal address program will ensure that everyone living in Liberia has a unique address for easy contact for the provision of public services.

 “We have numbered 2,266 housing units and vacant lots in Congo Town, as ‘Phase One’ of the pilot project.

 “We are currently working with a contractor to erect demarcation poles (street signs) to distinguish community blocks,” he disclosed.

He further noted that the postal financial services or money order project is also underway to provide access to remittances through postal facilities around the country.

According to him, the Universal Access Program is one of the key priority projects of the Ministry, which will facilitate the provision of access to quality telecommunication facilities to areas that are currently underserved or un-served due to lack of profitability.

The Minister also explained that Liberia is expected to be part of the countries that are to graduate from analog to digital but said it is a process and not an event.

 “If Liberia does not generate the funding to be part of the digital nations, we might experience people or companies using the country as a dump site for materials that are not useful in the digital world,” he warned.

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