49 years ago, on October 9, World Post Day was declared! Today, countries worldwide celebrate this significant event. 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. This year’s theme is ‘The Post: Delivering good to the world’. We shall take a look below on how members celebrate World Post Day!
Celebrations at UPU
Director General of the UPU International Bureau, Bishar A. Hussein and Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, both gave a statement on World Post Day, emphasizing on the importance postal service and system that “deliver good” to the economy and society. They gave praises to postmen and postwomen for their daily dedication as a testament to the mission of the Universal Postal Union.
This year International Letter-Writing Competition theme was “Imagine you are a letter travelling through time. What message do you wish to convey to your readers?”. The winner is a 13-year-old girl from Cyprus, Chara Phoka. Her winning letter, “The letter of an Invisible Life”, boldly confronted issues such as conflict and migrant smuggling by telling the harrowing story of a letter’s journey from South Asia to Europe. You can read her letter here. (news.upu.int/outreach/letter-writing-competition/2018/gold-medal-winning-letter/)
UPU also awarded Integrated Index for Postal Development (2IPD) winners on World Post Day. 2IPD is a comparative index providing an overview of postal development around the world, using UPU’s unparalleled collection of postal big data to create a ranking of 173 countries. It benchmarks performance across four key dimensions: reliability, reach, relevance and resilience.
This year 2IPD winner is Switzerland. Regional top-scorers are, Poland (ranked 6th), Singapore (ranked 7th), Brazil (ranked 44th), Tunisia (ranked 49th) and Nigeria (ranked 51st), each received certificates for a standout performance in their respective regions.
Celebrations at Asia Pacific
As all UPU members celebrate World Postal Day around the world, Mongol Post celebrated World Postal Day by organizing events to promote new postal products and services to its customers.
E-post services and milestone step toward e-governance.
As a part of Digital Transformation of the post and collaboration with Government agencies Mongol post could open the very first "Digital Services Center" at remote administrative unit of Mongolia. Establishing "Digital Service Center" enables Mongol Post to deliver government services through on-line to remote area citizens. And not limited to e-government services also it will enhance postal connectivity between branches and private organizations to deliver their services digitally at very cost effective way through the post. Those Mongol Post believes it is the milestone step toward digitization and e-governance/e-post in Mongolia.
Actively participated in the ICT EXPO 2018 of Mongolia as introducing some services by Mongol Post such as acceptance & delivery of the international and domestic EMS, Direct mail marketing, Mail transportation and Logistics, POB service, Distribution and delivery of Driving License, Foreign passport, Citizen Identification Card, Debit and Credit Card, and others. The of opening ceremony of the One stop joint service in the rural area was also one part of the introduction of Mongol Post through “Live”.
Renovation of Postal Offices around the Mongolia
All the post offices will be reconstructed as it is planned in frame of project “Rebranding”. Reconstructed the one of oldest post office to modern post office.
Opened the modern and VIP Post Office in the downtown of Capital city of Mongolia.
Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) celebrated World Post Day by encouraging the students to write letters to their beloved teachers. Schools nationwide will take part in the nationwide “Salamat Po (Thank you) Teacher” raffle promo and competition. The goal is to “effectively promote the value of gratitude to teachers who have done most, apart from their parents in shaping their future to become better persons in society.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Pos Malaysia Berhad (Pos Malaysia) jointly organised the World Post Day 2018 celebration at MCMC headquarters. A stamp release featuring the image of a postman's life, both past and present, was launched by Communications and Multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo, the stamp
Two initiatives spearheaded by Pos Malaysia in collaboration with MCMC, Philatelic Society of Malaysia (PSM) and Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) were announced. These are e-Philately and Pos Innovation & Technology Collaborative Hive (PITCH).
e-Philately is an application and website that aims to be a one-stop online philatelic centre for philatelists and stamp collectors who will be able to further enhance their stamp collection experience via virtual stamp marketplace, virtual gallery, auctions, and bidding sections.
Whereas, PITCH is an inaugural tech innovation contest in which participants comprising of industry players and technopreneuers nationwide are invited to participate to develop a workable and realistic digital solution concept to support the delivery network as well as elevate the logistics industry to support growth in e-commerce.
Post Fiji celebrates World Post Day by volunteering a total of 11 respective heads of departments and managers to participate in their EMS courier operation team. “Today, the managers experienced first-hand the execution of our door-to-door delivery service by taking on the role of delivery reps for the day. These managers got a chance to feel how our ground team operated on a daily basis,” Post Fiji head of Retail and Marketing Isaac Mow said.
India Post: Minister of State (independent charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways Government of India, Manoj Sinha gave a letter of statement on World Post Day. He reflects on the year gone by and to assess the difference India Post have been able to bring about in the lives of the people. This includes, launching India Post Payments Bank, extending the benefits of Postal Life Insurance to a larger segment of population, setting up 200 over Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs). Lastly, he gives thanks to all India Post employees and assured of the Government support to India Post.
Pakistan Post celebrated World Post Day at the General Post Office. Postmaster Arshad Khan was the chief guest at the flag-hoisting ceremony held at the GPO and national anthem was sung. Officers and staff of the Pakistan Post, customers, students and others attended the ceremony. Arshad Khan gave a speech, praising Pakistan Post for “providing cost-effective and quality services to its customers”. After that, an exhibition of commemorative stamp was held and gifts were distributed among students.
Iran Post: Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi announced on World Post Day that product development is the main strategy of Iran Post. This includes development of Iran Post distribution of magazines, handicraft and souvenirs of different regions of Iran.
In China, Hanshan District of Handan, north China's Hebei Province, teachers taught primary school students about stamps and postal knowledge through various activities, including hand drawn stamps, on World Post Day.
Singapore Philatelic Store @ GPO have released one datestamp design and 2 cachet designs. The 1st Anniversary of Philatelic Store @ GPO Datestamp will only be available at the Philatelic Store @ GPO. The World Post Day Cachet and 160 Years of Singapore's Postal Service Cachet will be available at both Philatelic Store @ GPO and also the Philatelic Counter @ Tanjong Pagar Post Office.
Thailand has released World Post Day 2018 Commemorative Stamp. It is available via ThaiStampShop.com.
Celebration at other regions
Emirates Post, the UAE’s national post service celebrated ‘World Post Day’ by partnering with Al Mahatta Museum to commemorate the first aircraft to land in Sharjah in 1932.
Qatar Postal Services Company (Qatar Post) organized an open day for the general public and school students to mark the occasion of World Post Day, which is celebrated on October 9 every year.
Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Owerri District held a sensitisation campaign in Owerri metropolis to enlighten the public on the post e-commerce services and their relevance to the society.
The Ministry of Posts in St. Kitts and Nevis has organized a month of activities to mark the international observance of World Post Day, which is celebrated annually on Oct.9. Notable events include a Customer Appreciation Day, Hike to Sofa Stone via Miliken Estate, St. Peters on Oct. 13; Staff Work Experience Exchange to Nevis on Oct. 15 to 19; Fun Day at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park on Oct. 20; Staff Lunch on Oct. 27; and free Mail Box Sign-up on Oct. 31.
This wraps up World Post Day 2018 celebration!
Hope to hear from your postal administration what exciting celebration is installed for next year World Post Day 2019!
Article by Maverick Chung