Modification of certain articles of law
KUWAIT CITY, March 7: The Deputy Undersecretary for the Postal Sector at the Ministry of Communications, Khaled Al-Qasba, said the state suffers annual losses estimated at millions of Kuwaiti dinars due to the unauthorized operations of 40 companies providing postal services, reports Al-Rai daily. In a daily interview, Al-Qasba also unveiled a plan to study the possibility of amending certain articles of the Postal Service Law, which was ratified more than 50 years ago.
In a related development, he announced the mid-year plan to award a customs clearance, delivery, transportation and distribution contract to a private company that has made a qualitative leap in postal services. He told the daily that the long-term plan includes carrying out a study, in coordination with the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), on the vision for structuring the sector – privatizing the sector, creating a company or the Kuwait Postal Corporation or other suggestions. .
He also affirmed that another project will be implemented soon to regulate services for urgent parcels and postal parcels. He said a nominal fee will be charged for packages; given the successful operation of a delivery business in Siddiq Center and Mumtaz Mail in Hittin Center. He added that the plan is to open two parcel delivery centers to reduce the pressure on the Al-Siddiq center. He said the country has 83 post offices with a total of 1,254 employees; while unveiling the plan for establishing the Safat Postal Tower next to the Liberation Tower. He believes this will be a qualitative leap for the post offices and their use of technology, indicating that the postal administration will be moved to the tower along with the post office in Safat, as the current structure will be demolished. Regarding the discrepancy in the number of employees in the 83 post offices, Al-Qasba revealed that the post offices in the governorates of Hawally and the capital are currently in need of employees. “We are working hard to fill vacancies in various post offices. Women make up 60% of the total workforce in the sector,” he concluded.