BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Ministry of Posts in St. Kitts and Nevis has organized a month of activities to mark the international observance of World Post Day, which is celebrated annually on Oct.9.
Notable events include a Customer Appreciation Day, today; Hike to Sofa Stone via Miliken Estate, St. Peters on Oct. 13; Staff Work Experience Exchange to Nevis on Oct. 15 to 19; Fun Day at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park on Oct. 20; Staff Lunch on Oct. 27; and free Mail Box Sign-up on Oct. 31.
A stamp exhibition will be on display at the Philatelic Bureau in the Pelican Mall throughout the month. There is also a Postcade (motorcade) on Nov. 3 to help raise public awareness about the importance of the postal system and the services available at various Post Offices.
“An important aspect of the month-long celebration is enhancing the efficiency of staff as they carry out their duties,” said Deputy Postmaster General, Darrien Veira. “The staff exchange is one such opportunity.
“Training sessions will be held on new software used to track and trace mails and packages and improve accounting, as well as software used by the local customs and excise department which will improve the processing procedures at the General Post Office (GPO) for the U.S. Mail Box service. The training will also help to bring the local Post Office in alignment with the standards of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).”
During an address to mark World Postal Day, Minister responsible for Post, the Honourable Ian Patches Liburd, acknowledged the growing use of computers, smart devices and social media in facilitating communication, but said the Post Office remains relevant in this digital age.
“Without an address, you do not exist,” he said. “It is one of the most critical pieces of information needed to locate persons for social security, banks, import and/or export services, census and survey activities, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and many other activities.
“Post Offices remain relevant across the world as they provide the same opportunity for everyone to be reached,” Liburd explained. “They are valuable communication link. In the midst of frustration and confusion resulting from a natural disaster when technological disruptions are inevitable, the Post Office offers the most reliable method of finding people.”
Minister Liburd thanked employees at the Post Offices in Basseterre, Sandy Point, Dieppe Bay, Tabernacle, Cayon, and Old Road in St. Kitts, as well as in Charlestown and Gingerland in Nevis for their contribution to the national and socio-economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The minister said the local postal service will continue to tap into digital tools to ensure that it continues to innovate and reach people where they are. A Facebook Page and Instagram account will be launched at the end of October.
World Post Day celebrated annually on October 09, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.
The theme for World Post Day 2018 is “The Post: Delivering Good to the World.”