Algeria celebrates 38th Pan African Post Day in a spirit of innovation
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria joined other countries across the continent to celebrate the Pan African Post Day on 18 January 2018. The theme of the event was: “The Post : A delivery infrastructure of choice for governments to meet their national development goals”.
To grace the ceremony chaired by the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications, Technology and the Digital Sector, Mrs. Houda-Imane FARAOUN, the Algerian authorities invited the Secretary General of PAPU, Mr. Younouss Djibrine, as their guest of honour.
Amongst the highlights of the event, the SG of PAPU delivered an address drawn basically from his New Year message to the African postal fraternity. From the outset, he commended Algeria for the great strides it has made in the posts, telecommunications, technologies and digital sectors, adding that the postal public sub-sector is one of the biggest beneficiaries of these achievements.
He indicated that “although governments have several instruments to achieve their goals, the post remains the most effective infrastructure, which provides access to the broadest range of services for all citizens”. He added that “with the post, governments can easily facilitate e-commerce, social inclusion, e-education, etc…” He urged governments to make postal infrastructure the central pillar of their development efforts. In his words, “achieving development goals will require the digitization of production facilities and development of offerings that will make them champions of innovative, inclusive, integrated, affordable, accessible and especially sustainable solutions“.
Thereafter, the Algerian Minister, Mrs. Houda-Imane FARAOUN, presented a brief update on the Post’s achievements over the past years and underscored that fact that with an extensive network of more than 3,700 post offices spread across both urban and rural areas, the post offers the most appropriate infrastructure to deliver a broad range of services to all citizens. This network effectively contributes to social inclusion and socioeconomic development in the country through financial and monetary services (23 million giro accounts, including 942,439 opened in 2017 alone, production of more than 4,300,000 Eddahabia cards and installation of 1,276 ATMs) as well as online services for payment of utility bills.
Since the Pan African Post Day happens on the same day as the National Councils Day, Algeria Post issued a special postage stamp for the event.
Interview of the Secretary General to the Canal Algérie TV. Download here