MINISTRY OF POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NEWS News By Bannie P. Dahngbay Friday, 17th April 2018 @08:15:00 Acting Minister Urges NAPAS Workers to Perform Excellent Job. The Acting Minister at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, Cllr. Edward K. Goba has urged qualified workers (Enumerators) working with the National Postal Address System Project (NAPAS) to do an excellent job that will bring credibility to the Ministry. Speaking at the start of a two-day on workshop on Tuesday October 30, 2018 organized by the Ministry to train Enumerators for the NAPAS project that will ensure homes, offices, and buildings are numbered. Cllr. Goba informed those qualified, to serve the Country with dedication and commitment in performing their duties to make Liberia a better place in terms of postal delivery services. “No matter how small the token is for you to do this work, I want to admonish you to do your best”, he stated. Speaking further, the Acting Minister noted that the numbering of houses is very important to National Postal activities which will ensure a smooth delivery of parcels and letters effectively. Also speaking at the workshop was, the Deputy Minister for Operation (DMO), Mr. Edwin S. Kumon Sr. who warned those qualified Enumerators that were absent from the workshop to have themselves blamed. He noted that, it is a disservice to the Ministry if you were qualified and you are not present for the workshop. The DMO said the project will boost the Postal system because the old age practice of giving direction by land marked will be eradicated. “By working with this project, you are learning a new thing” he added. “Make use of this knowledge and you will be left with something to take home”, he stated. Meanwhile, the NAPAS project Director, Mr. Dixon G. Gwion said it is his hope that those qualified to attend the workshop will be able to perform efficiently on their various assigned duties. Mr. Gwion said the project is in fulfillment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) mandate for all homes to be numbered within all member state countries of the UPU. Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Ends Validation of Draft ICT Policy The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication on Monday, August 20, concluded its final validation exercise for the draft national Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy for 2018 to 2022. The ICT policy’s validation exercise, which took place, on the main campus of the University of Liberia, Capitol Hill brought together people from both the private and the public sectors, students including international partners. With facilitators from the Alliance for Affordable Internet, an international organization; participants at the event brainstormed and gave their input on how the ICT policy can attract the various sectors in the country. Speaking to journalists during the event, the Deputy Minister for Technical Service at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Prosper K. Browne said ICT plays a pivotal role in the country’s economy. With facilitators from the Alliance for Affordable Internet, an international organization; participants at the event brainstormed and gave their input on how the ICT policy can attract the various sectors in the country. Speaking to journalists during the event, the Deputy Minister for Technical Service at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Prosper K. Browne said ICT plays a pivotal role in the country’s economy. “We see how best we can transform this economy by ensuring that ICT plays a pivotal role,” Minister Browne said. “What we intent to do as you are aware is to make sure that tomorrow when a child graduate from High School at least he or she must have some computer skills, he or she must have some ICT skills that can also provide some living for them.” Looking at their thematic area in the national ICT policy the Deputy Minister says education, the issue of gender and also the people with disability are some the very key focus of the ICT policy. Browne said: “The universal declaration speaks to the fact that everybody must have access to information communication technology. So those under-serve and unserved areas; we have to put them into our policy to make sure that we be able to touch all of those things.” “We are now calling on all the stakeholders to make their input, after this; the next we will be going to cabinet and at the level of the cabinet, once the approval comes from that point then we will launch it fully.” Despite some thematic areas were pointed out by Deputy Minister Browne, the vision and mission of the ICT policy are defined by three pillars. The three pillars includes: structure, empower and transform will serve as a guide for development of cross sectoral policies as well as for a successful ITC sector. It includes sector review mechanisms that emphasize accurate data gathering, benchmarked assessments, and dissemination through sector reports. The policy also covers the role of private sector, civil society, development partners and the media in a multi stakeholder effect to achieve the set goals. The Deputy Chief of Mission, Alyson Grunder and the Embassy’s Economic Officer, Rick Merrin, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, Sr. The Deputy Chief of Mission, Alyson Grunder and the Embassy’s Economic Officer, Rick Merrin, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, Sr. According to Deputy Chief of Mission Grunder, her visit was to acquaint herself with activities of the Ministry and a first step to meeting government officials since taking an assignment in the country. For his part, the Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, who is also the Post Master General, Cllr. Kruah welcomed Madam Grunder and her delegate on behalf of the government and the Postal family. The Minister also informed his guests of the Ministry’s ongoing ICT programs with specific reference to the e-Liberia Portal and as well as e-government programs, which the Ministry is working along with other agencies to implement. The many ICT programs that were mentioned by the Post Master General have some connections with International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is an organ of the United Nations that is responsible for policy and development of Telecommunications and ICT in the world. Liberia and the United States are both members of the ITU. During the exchange of ideas, Minister Cllr. Kruah informed Deputy Chief of Mission Grunder that the government is working to launch its new ICT Policy that will govern the sector for the next five years. The Minister also used the occasion to laud USAID and Digital Liberia for their assistance and participation in the improvement of ICT infrastructure programs in Liberia. He also pointed out some of the programs to include, the e-Liberia Portal, the Postal Financial Services and the launched of the Cybersecurity response team all of which has IT implications.