‘Unlicensed companies providing postal services cause loss in millions of dinars’

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Amending some articles of law eyed

KUWAIT CITY, March 7: Assistant Undersecretary for the Postal Sector at the Ministry of Communications Khaled Al-Qasba said the State incurs annual losses estimated at millions of Kuwaiti dinars due to the unlicensed operations of 40 companies providing postal services, reports Al- Rai daily. In an interview with the daily, Al-Qasba also unveiled a plan to study the possibility of amending some articles of the Postal Service Law, which was ratified more than 50 years ago.

In a related development, he announced the mid-year plan to award a contract for customs clearance, delivery, transportation and distribution to a private company that made a qualitative leap in postal services. He told the daily that the long-term plan includes conducting a study, in coordination with Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), on the vision for structuring the sector – privatize the sector, establish a company or the Kuwait Postal Corporation or other suggestions.

He affirmed as well that another project will be implemented soon to regulate services for urgent postal parcels and packages. He said nominal fees will be charged for packages; considering the successful operation of a delivery company in Siddiq Center and Mumtaz Mail in Hittin Center. He added the plan is to open two parcel delivery centers to reduce pressure on Al-Siddiq Center. He said the country has 83 post offices with a total of 1,254 employees; while unveiling the plan to establish Safat Postal Tower next to Liberation Tower. He believes this will be a qualitative leap for post offices and their use of technology, indicating the Postal Administration will be transferred to the tower along with Safat Post Office as the current structure will be demolished. Regarding the discrepancy in the number of employees in the 83 offices, Al-Qasba disclosed the post offices in Hawally and Capital governorates currently need employees. “We are working hard to fill up vacancies in various post offices. Women constitute 60 percent of the total workforce in the sector,” he concluded.

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