New Amsterdam benefits from refurbished post office

─ govt to renovate and rehabilitate key post offices

─ “Our broad intention is to convert many post offices as possible across Guyana into modern multi-functional facilities” – Min. Hughes

As Guyana prepares to observe World Post Day with the international community on October 9, the Guyana Post Office Corporation commissioned its newly refurbished New Amsterdam Post Office on Monday 8 October, the eve of World Post Day.

The re-construction of this very old building commenced on December 5, 2017, and was completed in September 2018 at a cost of G$23M. The new Post office is now equipped with modern amenities, new seating, electronic security and a room is being prepared to house a Community ICT hub.

GPOC PostMistress General, Karen Brown, said in her remarks that the renovated post office will serve residents of the New Amsterdam community “with the provision of all our traditional and financial services”. She observed that the renovation project was long overdue.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes

Delivering the feature address, Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes said “All over the world, transformation of our postal service has to take place,” noting that over the last few decades, postal services have been “de-emphasized in Guyana” and as a result, postal facilities have been badly neglected. She then told her audience of Regional and Town administration officials in Berbice as well as many residents, that the Government recently began collaborating with the private sector and civil society. Several additional post offices buildings will be demolished and rebuilt, Internet facilities installed along with computerized equipment, and modern internal systems and procedures.

The Minister also spoke about the rapidly emerging era of digital business operations that is a solid feature o the business landscape in most countries including Guyana.

“Our broad intention is to convert as many post offices as possible across Guyana into modern multi-functional facilities. Our intention is to use every available facility to take public services to citizens and to save you the cost and inconvenience of traveling to Georgetown to access them.”

Several Postal workers were also awarded for long, outstanding service.

World Post Day is observed annually on October 9, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of postal services to global, social and economic development.

Source: Anara Khan – DPI

Images: Mark Doris.


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