Guled Kassim, Somali Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, who was accompanied by Omar Abdulaiz, Consul-General of Somalia in Dubai, held discussions with senior EPG officials, including Emirates Post CEO, Abdullah Alashram, and EPG CEO of Postal Operations, Sultan Al Midfa.
Kassim expressed confidence that EPG could play a key role in facilitating the delivery of mail to and from Somalia, as the country continues to rebuild its postal network after several years of unrest.
The Somali minister’s visit was a follow-up to the signing of an MoU between the Somali Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, and Emirates Post Group in April 2013. According to the MoU, the two sides agreed to work in partnership to assist in the delivery of mail in and out of Somalia, by making Dubai the main mail sorting hub.
Speaking to EPG officials, Kassim briefed them on the improving socio-economic situation in Somalia after several years of unrest, and said that a lot remains to be done to restore the country’s unused postal infrastructure. He said that reviving the parcel service was a priority, and revealed that the new mandate of the ministry was to treat post as a business. Kassim also expressed hope that EPG would play a more active role in helping bring normality to postal operations in Somalia.
Abdulla Alashram assured the Somali Minister that Emirates Post was fully committed to helping Somalia and offered its full support in streamlining the movement of mail between Somalia and the UAE.