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Afghanistan envisagesAfs1bn in postal service revenue

AT News Report-KABUL: Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology announced on Saturday a plan to secure 1 billion afghanis from revenues of postal services by end of the current budget year.

Postal income reached to 700 million afghanis in the first seven months of the fiscal year and is expected to increase up to one billion afghanis by year end, said Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Shahzad Aryobi.

Speaking at a ceremony on occasion of the World’s Post Day in attendance of Chinese Ambassador to Kabul, Aryobi said that postal revenues increased quite enough as compared to the preceding year.

He also vowed to expand modern postal services across the country.

Passports are issued through postal offices to clients throughout the country. And besides, other documents are delivered to clients through postal offices, he asserted.

With the objective of improving postal services, the draft ‘postal management’law was finalized and handed to the parliament for ratification, upon which the law will help lure investment in postal service sector. To that end, licenses have been issued to private postal companies and the ministry envisages a revolution in e-commerce, sales and purchases of online goods after digitalization of postal services, said Aryobi.

“Modernizing postal services remains our top agenda and we have finalized the trend of modernization of postal offices,” he said, adding that the process is ongoing in Kabul postal offices.

Ambassador of China to Kabul spoke on the occasion and said, “Today post and telecommunication industries is a great achievement for both Afghanistan and China.”

He said the two states cooperate with each other and have a long history. “In future we will have good cooperation and plans as we can help Afghanistan in some professional trainings and engineering programs,” he said.

“Post and telecommunications is a convenient way which both countries can work together in this regard for a better future,” he added.

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