President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the five day Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel yesterday (Sep. 15).
The President, in a message to congratulate the event stated it is essential for all the countries in the Asia-Pacific region to keep abreast with the latest technological developments taking place at the global level and take effective and speedy steps to modernize postal services by making use of the available technological tools.
The President also recalled the Government, under the Mahinda Chintana Idiri Dekma has taken necessary steps to modernize the postal service. “I am happy to note that the people have immensely benefitted from this”, he said.
We have to continue this process at a rapid pace and I am confident that the Executive Council, in its deliberations, will focus on ways and means of assisting the countries lagging behind in the process, the President further stated.
The Asian-Pacific Postal Union Executive Council meeting which is attended by 150 representatives of 32 member countries will continue until the 19th of this month.
This is the first occasion that a Postal Conference at international level is being held in the island since the 209-year history of the Sri Lanka Post. It gives a golden opportunity to disseminate the image of Sri Lanka to the globe. Further it will also be a significant platform to reap the international business opportunities by strengthening the relationships of regional postal service and will benefit the ongoing exercise to improve tourism. It is also a fitting opportunity for the growth of the Sri Lanka Post and human resource development as well as draws the attention of the regional post.
The Postal Department also hopes it would be a fine opportunity to safeguard Sri Lanka’s pride and environmental biodiversity while injecting some value to the Lankan stamp arts.
Expressing his views on the occasion, Minister Jeevan Kumaratune said that this meeting would be an impetus for the forward march of the Sri Lanka Post which has embarked on an expeditious journey along with modern technology.
The Minister said that this is a good opportunity for the local postal service to advance in technology. It will also lead to the promotion of the tourism industry following the participation of representatives of many countries. This is the 33rd occasion that the Executive Council is meeting. The Minister referred to the services discharged by the Sri Lankan President for the improvement in the Lankan Postal sector.
Director General of the Universal Postal Union Bishar Hussein said that the postal service of a country remained on the dedication of the Government of that country. In this respect the services discharged by the Sri Lankan Government to the postal service is priceless. He said they value the support given by the Sri Lankan Government to the postal service similarly to that in other sectors.
Minister Jeevan Kumaratunge presented to the President four commemorative stamps and first day covers released by the Postal Department marking this significant occasion. These stamps are of the seven, 10, 35 and 50 rupee denominations. The President was given a memento on behalf of the services discharged by him for the Postal Service in Sri Lanka. Also the Asian Pacific Postal Union presented a memento to the President.