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Tonga Post CEO, Mr Alipate Tavo opening the World Post Day celebration at the Tonga Post headquarters

TONGA POST CELEBRATES WORLD POST DAY 2019

At times overlooked, postal services are an essential driver of economic development

https://matangitonga.to/2019/10/09/tonga-post-celebrates-world-post-day

Nuku’alofa, Tonga –Oct 9, 2019 –Tonga Post joins the world’s largest delivery network, together with the Universal Postal Union (UPU), to celebrate World Post Day on Wednesday 9th of October 2019 to raise public awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of Tonga and around the world. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the World Post Day celebrations worldwide.

The UPU, the UN specialized agency responsible for international postal services reports that each day, more than 600,000 post offices serve billions of people, and each year they handle more than 438 billion letters and six billion parcels, and offer a vast range of electronic, financial and logistics services.

In a 2019 statement by the UPU Director General Bishar Hussein, he made the following remark; “The postal sector is facing unprecedented change in an era of pervasive digitalization. Intergovernmental organizations are also confronted with significant challenges as geopolitical and economic paradigms shift. In this context, the UPU is presented with both new risks and opportunities, hence the importance of a robust vision and strategy for the organization.”

Tonga Post Ltd has evolved over the past fifty years from a traditional post office to one that has taken on board new business ventures such as its’ property management in the Nuku’alofa business district and additional printing and financial services. It will continue to develop new initiatives to ensure a stronger business growth and strengthen its’ role in driving socio-economic development for Tonga.

Tonga Post celebrates World Post Day 2019 with an open day for student leaders from various high schools throughout Tongatapu and Vava’u, and the provision of discounts and giveaways for its’ staff and customers.

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1969.

Tonga Post Limited is a State-Owned Enterprise.

 

Tonga Post staff collaborates with Tonga Health Promotion to improve staff health and well-being (Matangi Tonga story on this: https://matangitonga.to/2019/04/15/zumba-program-encourages-active-lifestyle-cbd)

Nuku’alofa, Tonga – April 12, 2019

The zumba fitness programme has been taught in 105 countries and 60,000 locations. Tonga Health Promotion places much emphasis on the importance of staying healthy by eating nutritious meals and exercising. Tonga Post Ltd is the first of the public enterprise companies to join the 8 week zumba programme run by Tonga Health. This initiative will go a long way in ensuring a healthy workforce and encouraging employees, their families and communities to look after their fitness and health.

Universal Postal Union Director General visits Tonga, 28 February – 2 March 2019

Nuku’alofa, Tonga –March 2, 2019

UPU Director General in bottom far right with Tonga’s Hon. PM Akilisi Pohiva, ICT-shared Board of Directors, UPU staff member at ICT-shared Board of Directors dinner function for UPU Director General

UPU Director-General with Tonga Post & Tonga Fast Print Ltd staff

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Bureau’s Director General, Mr. Bishar Abdirahman Hussein made an official visit to the Kingdom of Tonga from February 28th to March 2nd, 2019. The UPU is the United Nations specialized agency that is responsible for international postal service. Tonga is the first country in the South Pacific to be certified with a B level at a quality management certification audit (UPU’s Quality of Service Management Award in 2016).

This visit is critical as the postal sector worldwide has seen a huge decline in traditional letter mail, and there is a strong need for the postal sector in Tonga and the Pacific to take advantage of the emerging technologies and the e-commerce sales that is driving the global economy.

Tonga Post appoints new CEO

Mr ‘Aloisio ‘Alipate Tavo, CEO for Tonga Post & Tonga Fast Print Ltd

Nuku’alofa, Tonga –November 5, 2018 – The ICT-shared Board of Directors and Ministry of Public Enterprises have appointed Mr ‘Aloisio ‘Alipate Tavo as the new Chief Executive Officer for Tonga Post and Tonga Fast Print Ltd. Mr Alipate Tavo’s appointment is effective from end of October 2018.

Mr Alipate Tavo has extensive experience working in the Tongan Government, heading various departments in the Ministry of Agriculture, and he worked as a Deputy CEO in the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries. Mr Tavo brings with him a strong background in trade negotiations, diplomacy and economic development, having worked with the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser in Vanuatu. Mr Tavo’s dynamic background in driving economic development and trade for various Pacific Island Countries will be instrumental in his new role with Tonga Post, as he works to serve Tonga Post to achieve the vision and goals of the company in alignment with national and international stakeholder objectives.

Tonga Post celebrates World Post Day 2018

Nuku’alofa, Tonga –October 9, 2018 – The management and staff of Tonga Post Ltd joins Post Offices worldwide in celebrating World Post Day. The purpose of World Post Day is to create awareness of the importance of the postal business in the lives of people and businesses everyday. This year, Tonga Post staff decorated the customer counter area to inform customers of the celebration, and staff held a cake cutting ceremony to mark the significance of World Post Day, and recognize the long service of 2 members of the Tonga Post staff.

Tonga Post staff celebrate World Post Day 2018

Tonga adopts what3words as national postal addressing system

Nuku’alofa, Tonga –February 17, 2017 –Tonga Post, serving 36 islands in the South Pacific, has adopted 3 word addresses to improve national infrastructure. The Kingdom of Tonga is the first country in the region, and the fourth in the world, after Mongolia, Sint Maarten and Cote d’Ivoire) to use the system for postal services.

With 170 islands scattered over 700,000 square kilometres of ocean, delivering anything to anyone is a challenge. 36 of Tonga’s islands are inhabited, with a population of approximately 103,000 citizens. With only a few named streets on a handful of islands, delivering mail is a constant struggle for Tonga Post, the nation’s official postal service.


Until recently, home delivery was restricted to express mail in the city of Nuku’alofa, the capital of the Kingdom. Any other mail would be delivered to centralised PO Boxes, with the recipient responsible for collection. That resulted in high volumes of undelivered mail, taking up space and incurring extra costs for Tonga Post.

By using what3words, every location in the Kingdom of Tonga now has an instant address. By making this addressing system part of the country’s infrastructure, Tonga Post is helping unlock the region’s economic growth and social development.

The volume of international mail we have to deal with has increased dramatically in recent years and consumption of e-commerce is rapidly rising across the islands. It’s essential we have the delivery infrastructure that can meet this demand, from customers in cities to those on the smallest islands. what3words’ system has already addressed everywhere in Tonga so we can roll out our service immediately.

Siosifa Pomana, Tonga Post’s CEO

Using 3 word addresses for Tonga’s Postal system is both practical and user friendly for residents, as well as time and cost efficient for the company. Today half of all Tongan Nationals live abroad, and almost every household has a relative resident in another country. 3 word addresses will ensure packages or deliveries from the extensive Tongan diaspora make it home. The system also enables the company to generate revenue from handling more inbound international parcels, as well as from e-commerce from Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Tonga Post is planning an expansive education campaign, including visiting customers’ homes, providing brochures, flyers and other informational material.

Every postal service in the world struggles with addressing. Tonga Post have an ambitious mind-set and by implementing 3 word addresses they have a solution that works today. Whether the population is spread over islands, deserts, cities or villages, 3 word addresses are helping citizens across the word access services exactly where they need to.

Chris Sheldrick, CEO and Co-Founder of what3words

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