SPEECH BY MR. JOHN MNGODO, DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE VALIDATION WORSHOP ON THE REPORT OF THE STUDY ON ADDRESSING AND POSTCODE ON 10 DECEMBER, 2014, AT NAURA SPRINGS HOTEL, ARUSHA, TANZANIA
The representative of the Chairperson of the PAPU Administrative Council, Mrs. Rehema Makuburi;
The representative of the African Union Commission, Mr. Christian Minoungou;
The Secretary General of the Pan African Postal Union, Mr. Younouss Djibrine;
The Representative of the Universal Postal Union, Patricia Vivas
The Consultant on addressing and Postcode, Mr. Guenter Bhome
The Postmaster General, Tanzania Posts Corporation, Mr. Deos Mndeme;
Members of the Press;
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to you all. Since Arusha is the Seat of the Pan African Postal Union, it is with great pleasure to welcome you to the seat of your Union and we say in Kiswahili, “Karibuni Arusha, karibuni Tanzania”.
On behalf of the Government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania, I wish to express our great joy and gratitude to all PAPU member states represented here today, as well as the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the African Union Commission and the consultant from Ms. LogCon for accepting to come and attend this important workshop on the Validation of the Report of the Study on Addressing and Postcode Systems. Furthermore, I am grateful for the presence of the resource persons to this workshop from member states, namely, Congo Republic, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Senegal and Tunisia. I am also pleased to learn that we have resource persons from Addressing Homes from the USA and Go Code from the UK, who are participating in this very important workshop.
Distinguished workshop participants,
I am reliably informed that this workshop would not have been possible without the support of the African Union Commission which also commissioned the study and the hard work and
effective co-ordination by the General Secretariat of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU); I am also made to understand that PAPU in collaboration with the Universal Postal Union has gone a long way in sponsoring at least one delegate per member state, I wish to take this opportunity to appreciate these collaborative efforts.
Similarly, I wish to congratulate our key local postal stakeholders – The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and the Tanzania Postal Corporation (TPC) for their support in the successful organization of this workshop.
Workshop participants, ladies and gentlemen,
We in the Government have learned that in recent years, cities in the developing world and in Africa in particular have confronted demographic explosion and urban management has become all the more challenging amid the current trend toward decentralization. With little experience in urban management, our Local Governments Authorities have often been unable to develop the resources they need to deal with urban growth. I am pleased to note that the event has attracted participants from across Africa, all of which are grappling with the challenges of how to give an address to their citizens. It is a fact that a person without an address is unidentifiable and therefore not part and parcel of the socio-political and economy development of a nation. Such people are often denied social services, be it health, education, postal services, fire rescue services, security services, just to mention a few.
This workshop and the Report have come at the right moment, since all future outlook paints to an increasing urbanization particularly in developing centers, hence the need for preparedness in every aspect that has to deal with an ever increasing population.
Workshop participants, ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to mention although briefly our experience in Tanzania. The government of the United Republic of Tanzania embarked on addressing and postcode project since 2007 after the passage of the National Postal Policy in 2003. Our goal was very ambitious, including wide spectrum of stakeholders’ involvement, empowering the Public Postal Operator to start using the new addressing system and ensuring Government Ministries and agencies have street addresses and postcodes. The Tanzania approach is to develop a complete new address system, including a postcode, which will benefit Government service delivery, economy and businesses and society as a whole. In order to enhance its management, the Government entrusted the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority to spearhead the Project.
So far the following milestones have been achieved since 2008
(i) Administrative structures of the Project (including Postcode Team and Steering Committees) have been established and are working very well.
(ii) Implementation in terms of identification of streets’ names and house numbering continue in some designated areas in the urban areas of Arusha, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Unguja and Pemba,
(iii) Postcode List for all locations in the United Republic was issued by the Government in 2012,
(iv) Developing of an addressing and postcode database has been accomplished.
(v) All Government offices including the State House in Tanzania mainland have been allocated addresses and postcode which are effectively being utilized.
Already, the benefits of these initiatives are noted, among which are usage by the National Identification Authority to issue National Identity Cards, usage in issuing birth certificates, commercial banks etc. In this vein, the Government will continue to provide the necessary support for the initiative and takes this opportunity to encourage other member states to follow suit.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Issues of capacity building, resources and management of addressing system among others, continue to be of critical importance. I am hopeful that this workshop will afford you an opportunity to address these challenges from different perspectives depending on your countries’ level of development.
In this regard, it would be a futile exercise for you to engage in a talk show rather than earnestly seeking practical and realistic solutions to the provision of addresses and post codes. I have all the confidence that delegates have the potential to develop a realistic action plan that fully spells out where you are, where you ought to be and by when, in terms of addressing initiatives. In doing so, you must ensure that all stakeholders are involved as addressing projects cut across all sectors of the economy.
Finally, let me point out the fact that the value of postcodes, the usefulness and acceptability, crucially depends on maintenance and value creation by all stakeholders led by the Government. The Post Office is the major user of the addressing and postcode system and as such must play a bigger role to enhance it and increase its utility. I would therefore call upon all PAPU Member states to ensure that once you initiate the addressing and postcode system, be consistent to the major goal – giving a reliable address to every citizen. Major campaigns to educate the public and businesses on the usage of the new addressing system are of paramount importance. Furthermore, having in place an addressing system should be the beginning of creativity and innovation to its usage for the benefit of all stakeholders
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Before I conclude my speech, I wish to remind everyone that Tanzania is a renowned tourism destination with a variety of breath-taking geographical features and wild life. I do strongly recommend that you take advantage of your stay here to sample some of these wonders of the world, such as the famous Ngorongoro crater, Serengeti game reserve, Mount Kilimanjaro which are in this Northern Circuit.
On behalf of the Government of United Republic of Tanzania, I wish you a pleasant stay in Arusha and fruitful deliberations during your three days meeting.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
With these few remarks, it is now my humble privilege and honour, to declare the Validation Workshop on the study of addressing and post code, officially open.
I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!