Sunday, October 01, 2006

New Postal Code system for more efficient Mail Service

The updates of the BVI telecommunication system concerning the MPLS networking solution and lowered mobile rates were followed by another infrastructure improvement in the BVI. On Thursday, September 21, BVI Government has announced about the adoption of a postal code system in the British Virgin Islands. The Post Office (Amendment) Rules, 2006, which will formally introduce postal codes, will be laid at the next sitting of Legislative Council. After the Legislative Council of the BVI adopts the postal codes, it will become the 118th country in the world to have postal codes, which lead to more efficient mail service.

The adoption of postal codes will increase the accessibility of mail for country residents and citizens, and give them additional benefit of being able to more easily engage in Internet and mail catalogue shopping. The new postal code system also brings great improvements to the process of delivery of international mail to the British Virgin Islands, and the citizens of the other countries having business ties with the BVI will feel these advantages when sending mail to the country. This will probably strengthen the infrastructure of the BVI as well as its positions as an International Business Center.

The preparations for implementing new system of postal codes include training the Post Office staff in the use of post codes; this training will be conducted also with trust companies, banks, utility companies, and all the major users of the postal service. The BVI Post Office and the Department of Information and Public Relations will organise a public education campaign to inform the community on the changes.

Postal codes are unique combinations of letters and numbers that are used to clearly identify the destination of mail. These are issued by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), an international organisation based in Switzerland, whose main task is to foster cooperation between postal-sector players and ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date services. About 190 countries and territories are members of this organisation.

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