New Amsterdam benefits from refurbished post office
─ govt to renovate and rehabilitate key post offices
─ “Our broad intention is to convert many post offices as possible across Guyana into modern multifunctional facilities” – Min. Hughes
DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 8, 2018
As Guyana prepares up to observe World Post Day with the international community on October 9, the New Amsterdam Post Office commissioned its new facilities earlier today.
The construction commenced on December 5, 2017, and was completed in September at a cost of $23M. It is equipped with modern amenities such as proper seating, security features and space for an ICT hub.
Postmaster General at the New Amsterdam Post Office, Karen Brown, stated that “the renovated post office will serve residents of the New Amsterdam community with the provision of all our traditional and financial services”.
Brown remarked that the renovation of the New Amsterdam Post Office had been long overdue.
Delivering the feature address, Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes said “all over the world, transformation of our postal service has to take place” noting that over the last few decades, postal services have been “deemphasized in Guyana”.
Minister Hughes added that due to this, postal facilities have been neglected. She disclosed that one by one the government is collaborating with the private sector and civil society to “renovate and rehabilitate all the key post offices”.
The Minister of Public Telecommunications also remarked that postal services are still important in a time when technology is continuously evolving.
“Our broad intention is to convert many post offices as possible across Guyana into modern multifunctional facilities, our intention is to use every available facility to take public services to citizens and to save you the cost and inconvenience of travelling to Georgetown to access them.”
Postal workers were also awarded for their outstanding service.
World Post Day has been observed annually on October 9 and is aimed at bringing awareness of how postal services are important to global, social and economic development.
By. Anara Khan.
Images: Mark Doris.