Post office opening Internet cafe, business centre tomorrow

Stabroek News
November 19, 2002

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The Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) will be opening the first in a chain of internet cafes and business centres tomorrow in a bid to improve the financial and technological capacity of its postal service.

"These facilities will be available at the central branch as well as the Bourda Post Office, (but) the initial projects at the main branches, however, are anticipated to provide financing for similar services in the hinterland and other areas," the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported yesterday.

This step comes out of a five-year plan for postal development aimed at making the corporation more financially viable, GINA stated.

Through this service, the GPOC intends to provide a better quality service to customers and students. The Internet service is also an initiative to boost the corporation's financial capacity and income is expected to be generated just from the space that the cafe occupies, the information agency said.

And it quoted Postmaster General Edward Noble as saying "We are not generating sufficient income to flood all the post offices with computers, but we hope that the gains that we get here will be able to establish them at various offices."

Computer networking for post office branches is already on the table as part of the recommendations for efficiency and competitiveness of the postal service. In Region Three, the GPOC is already online at Vreed-en-Hoop and Leonora will also go online shortly, GINA said.

Meanwhile, the GPOC is planning to facilitate payment of water bills through the postal system, in line with current services that allow persons to pay other utility bills such as electricity and telephone.

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