West African Postal Conference Commences in Accra


A three day event has commenced in Accra for this year’s West Africa Postal Conference (WAPCO) 2018 hosted by the Ministry of Communications. The Conference was on the theme “enhancing regional integration through digitization, the role of the Posts”. The event has brought together experts from the postal sector in the sub-region to deliberate on how to move the postal sector forward.

In a keynote address, the Hon. Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful noted that the Government of Ghana recognizes the advantages and benefits of a digital economy and as part of the Digital Agenda of Government, Ghana is embarking on an ambitious infrastructure development programme for the ICT sector.

She said the transformation of Ghana Post into a competitive,regionally integrated, world class, customer focused, ICT enhanced service provider is fundamental to achieving the vision of digitalization.

According to the Minister, ICT revolution is having considerable impact on the postal sector, adding that although the postal service has been seen as a relatively late adopter of ICTs, globally there is a concerted effort to use ICTS to improve efficiency, accessibility and profitability in the postal services. She advised Portal industry players to exploit the “last mile” delivery services offered by e-commerce.

She was of the view that members of the Postal Administrators will make significant progress during the conference which will in turn inure to the benefit of all member countries.

The acting Managing Director of Ghana Post, Mr. James Kwofie in his welcome address expressed delight that the choice of the conference was no other place than in Accra. He said the conference affords member countries the opportunity to share insights on the paradigm shift of the post.

”E-Commerce has come to stay and it is the core mandate of the post to get deeply involved and drive volumes to deliver the desired market share”, he stressed.

At the conference was the Deputy Minister of Communications, Hon George Andah, the Board Chairman of Ghana Post, Mr George Afedzi Hayford and Representative of the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Mr Salam Sanko, the Secretary   General of Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU), Mr Younouss Djibrine and other representatives in the postal sector from the sub region.