By: Lailuma Noori
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October. The event was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) creation in 1874.
As a result, the UPU’s member countries are encouraged to organize their own national activities to celebrate the event, including everything from the introduction or promotion of new postal products and services, to the organization of open days at post offices, mail centers and postal museums.
In 2015 countries all over the world committed themselves to working together towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end extreme poverty and hunger, fight inequality and injustice, and take action to reverse climate change—to name just some of these 17 agreed new Goals. Playing its part in this global effort, the Post today has a more relevant role than ever by providing infrastructure for development.
The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development. Fortunately, Afghanistan is among 200 countries that has got membership of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
Postal services have helped change how people communicate with one another in drastic ways. However, before the days of the internet, people would have a really hard time getting letters and packages to one another due to international policies regarding mail.
According to acting minister of telecommunication and information technology, the MCIT is trying to expand modern postal service across the country and currently a number of documents are processed through postal centers in the country as well as people receive their issued passports through postal centers across the country.
The MCIT is committed to modernizing and digitalizing the postal services in the country as the e-commerce and online services have already kicked off in Kabul where modernization of postal centers are underway so that residents of the city can make use of the modern postal services.
For the first time in Afghanistan, postal services have promoted during the reign of Amir Shir Ali Khan, but the services were delivered in tradition way, and the services were improving by passing of time.
Officials for the ministry of communication and information technology say Afghanistan is among the Universal Postal Union and currently has close relation with a number of postal companies of the world delivering postal services abroad.
A number of Afghan experts believe that post has still valuable role in the lives of the people although increasing insecurities have put negative impacts on postal services in the country.
Currently, besides that there is a government postal company, there are a number of private postal companies delivering postal services to the people inside and outside the country.