The Ministry of Posts & Telecomm. Hosts a Donors' Conference on Nataional Postal Address System
Friday, 20th November 2009

Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh
Minister of Posts & Telecomms.
Hon. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh Minister of Posts & Telecomms.
Photo Credit: MOPT

The most inexpensive way of sending letters, packets, parcels and other communications is through the post office. To successfully send and receive any of the mail items mentioned, a correct and accessible address is required. A typical mailing address includes the name of the person sending the communication, street name and number, the city, country and zip code. Similarly, the recipient of the communication, addressee, must have a correct address.

Every country has a unique address system which facilitates the movement of mail and other items through the post. But lack of a standard mailing address in Liberia poses a serious challenge not only for postal customers but also for Liberians as well.  Delivering mail items to someoneís house in Liberia is not that easy as a result of the lack of a standard address system. However, Liberia Post has been working on the National Postal Address System in collaboration with many local and international institutions such as LISGIS, Ministries of Finance, Health, Lands and Mines, and Public Works; the National Elections Commission, USAID, UNDP, DHL, etc.  


A workshop on the national Address System was conducted in September this year at the Gender Ministry. At the workshop, a concept paper on the National Address System was discussed at length and the budget for the proposed system was reviewed and revised by stakeholders present. The format of the proposed address system was revealed. The workshop ended with recommendations to host a donorsí conference in November to raise funds for the project. The workshop was attended by representatives from the following institutions: LISGIS, Ministries of Public Works, Health, Posts and Telecommunications, Lands and Mines and Energy, Planning, and Finance. The Liberian National Police Director was invited also. USAID, UNDP and other international organizations were represented.


So on this Friday, November 20, 2009, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications will be hosting the  Donors Conference in the Ball Room of the Monrovia City Hall. The program starts at 10 A.M. The purpose of the conference is to galvanize financial and technical support for National Postal Address System.  The estimated cost of the project is set at $2.6m USD. The conference will be attended by a host of dignitaries, government officials, and heads of local and international organizations. The director of UPU, Universal Postal Union, will be represented by Mr. Sulemani M. Msofe, the Director for Operations and Technology. The president of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is expected to grace this unique occasion.


What does the address look like?


Liberia has an address system but it does not meet international standards. Even locally, itís a challenge to reach all Liberians with mail items. In any case, the simple format below is what Liberia Post has been using.

With your support,  Liberia will have a new address system in about two years. The National Postal Address System is one of the Ministryís deliverables for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. We therefore look forward to seeing you at the program tomorrow.


Present Address Format:


Hon. Varbah Gayflor (Addressee)
Minister (Title)
Ministry of Gender & Development (Institution)
Corner of Gurley Street & Sekou Toure Avenue (Location)
1000 (Post Code) Monrovia (City), 12  (
Area Code)
Liberia (Country), West Africa (Region)

Present Address is written this way:


Hon. Varbah Gayflor
Minister
Ministry of Gender & Development
Corner of Gurley Street & Sekou Toure Avenue
1000 Monrovia 12
Liberia, West Africa

 Sample of the Proposed/New Format:


 Hon. Varbah Gayflor (Addressee)
 Minister (
Title)
 Ministry of Gender & Development (Institution)
 230 UN Drive (Street Number & Name)
 1000 Monrovia 12 (City Code, City and Area Code
)
 Liberia,  West Africa (Country & Continent
)

The Proposed Address will look like this:

Hon. Varbah Gayflor 
 Minister 

 Ministry of Gender & Development 
 230 UN Drive 
 1000 Monrovia 12 
 Liberia,  West Africa

Sample of Current Rural Address:


Mr. John Flomo
Broad Street
Gbarnga City
Bong County
Liberia, West Africa

Sample of Proposed Rural Address:


Mr. John Flomo (Name)
24 Broad Street (Street Number and Name)
3000 Gbarnga (City Code & City)
Bong County (County)
Liberia, West Africa (Country & Continent)

The Proposed Rural Address will look like this:

Mr. John Flomo
24 Broad Street

3000 Gbarnga

Bong County 

Liberia, West Africa

Please feel free to contact the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications with your support,  and suggestions at www.mopt.gov.lr.



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