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Internet services to be improved, cheaper soon: minister

Internet services to be improved, cheaper soon: minister

Oct 15, 2017 - 21:11

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday issued work permit to a postal services company willing to invest $5 million.

Shahzad Aryoubi, MCIT acting minister, told a ceremony marking World Post Day here that postal services in Afghanistan remained naïve; but recently attention to the sector was increased and giving the permit to another private company was its obvious example.

The MCIT awarded the activity permit to a local mail, courier and parcel services company, Aeroparcel, a partner of the International Company of InvestOne Corps.

Aryoubi said the private company was committed to modernizing mail services in Afghanistan and providing services on local and international level by investing $5 million. It would create jobs for 1,000 individuals, said the minister.

Currently, four post services companies are functional in the country. Axel Hoffmeister, CEO of Aeroparcel, said all workers at the company were Afghans and with the permit obtained it would offer quality and speedy services. He said the company wanted to have representing agencies in all provinces of the country and abroad.

Arouybi at the end of today’s gathering told reporters that work on draft amendment to the postal services’ law and the internet services was underway at the MCIT.

He said the proposed amendment to the law governing internet would help improve the services and lower it price. He said his ministry was also working on distribution of passport forms online and it would be finalized soon.

The MCIT has so far collected about 800 million afghanis in revenue from postal services but the collections stood at 400 million last year.

He cited distribution of one million passports through post offices in Kabul city by the MCIT as a reason behind the increased revenues this year. Ayoubi said the process of issuing passports via post offices in provinces would be launched next year as well.

The World Post Day is celebrated on October 9 every year in 192 countries across the globe, including Afghanistan.