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Postal System to See Increased Transactions: Minister

Myanmar’s postal system is expected to see an increase in the volume of mail transactions by 95 percent during the current fiscal year, U Kham Aung, deputy general manager of the Planning and Training Department at Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications said.

The comment was made at a Japan-Myanmar conference on postal services held at the Telecommunication and Postal Training Center.

“Improving Myanmar’s postal system requires not only reforming the organisation, but also improving the performance of employees. Japan reformed its postal service more than 100 years ago,” Japanese Vice Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Masahito Fujikawa said.

“Myanmar’s postal system needs to expand its operations and business offerings in the future by providing services in addition to standard mail service and money orders,” Fujikawa said.

The governments of Myanmar and Japan signed an agreement for cooperation in the postal sector in April. So far, Japan conducted three surveys on the operations of Myanmar’s postal sector.

“The public lost faith in Myanmar’s postal system many years ago. We are trying to restore people’s faith,” U Kham Aung said.

Reforms are expected to begin in April 2015. MPT aims to improve the reliability of the postal system while introducing new services in cooperation with Japan.

“Japan recently proposed to help and is currently working to identify what support to provide, as such the scope of cooperation is still limited,” said U Shwe Thun Maung, manager of Yangon Central Post Office.

MPT provides services through 1,381 post offices throughout the country and has more than 4,000 employees. The quality and scope of the services are expected to improve with the potential for technical and financial support from Japan.

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