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NCC calls for privatising Empost

posted on 02/03/2004: 3175 views

The National Consultative Council (NCC) yesterday reiterated the call for privatisation of Emirates Post. The issue of door-to-door mail delivery, raised by council members from Abu Dhabi, dominated yesterday's session chaired by Speaker Abdullah Mohammed Al Masood.

Mohammed Rashid Al Nassiri, one of the members, urged the partial privatisation of the corporation, arguing that such a move would help improve Empost services. Sticking to the council demand of door-to-door delivery of mail, Al Nassiri said: "The scheme could be implemented if all residential and commercial buildings have post boxes for each flat or office ... the concerned mail can be dropped by postal authorities in that box."

Another member, Ghaith bin Hamil Al Ghaith, suggested the opening of postal services branches in all major shopping malls and commercial centres in the cities. He said that specialised training should be provided to postal service staff for further improving Empost service standards.

Based on the report, the NCC drew up a-three point draft recommendation to make home-delivery of mail service a reality, with simultaneously maintaining the cost of services at the current position. The recommendations included expansion of Empost branches across the country. The council also advised the corporation to encourage the public and private sectors to use Empost services more frequently.

The corporation has 76 Empost agencies and 307 outlets selling postal stamps in UAE, including in remote areas such as Sila'a, Mirfa and Masafi. However, there are no franchised outlets of Empost as the private sector is yet to show interest in the sector. (The Gulf News)


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