Postal system

Hylton hails plans to turn postal system into ‘giant’ logistics operation – Jamaica Observer

Opposition Critic for Industry, Investment & Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Spokesman for Industry, Investment and Global Logistics, Anthony Hylton on Friday praised the leadership of the Department of Posts and Telecommunications for initiating the process of transforming the old postal system 350 years into a “logistics giant”.

Plans announced by the Postmaster General recently include plans to upgrade the digital connectivity and transport infrastructure of the Postal Corporation of Jamaica, as well as plans to upgrade some 24 post offices across Jamaica starting this year.

The announcement reflects a call made by Hylton during last year’s industry budget debate, in which it said: “If we want to build back better and not just rebuild, and unlock the full potential of the global e-commerce market , the government must turn its attention to improving the postal service delivery system, especially to support our micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)”.

Hylton devoted much of his presentation to Parliament to the need for Jamaica to build a robust e-commerce ecosystem to take advantage of the growing trend of online shopping globally and in the region, as an accelerated response to the COVID pandemic by both businesses and consumers.

He highlighted Jamaica’s low ranking of 74 out of 152 countries in the latest 2020 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index, and said: The most constraining constraint identified for the Caribbean, including Jamaica, is the unreliability of our postal services. This speaks to both the need for greater logistics connectivity, with the necessary upgrading of the physical and digital infrastructure of the postal services themselves, and the physical and digital infrastructure on which they rely. to do their job effectively and efficiently.

“If we don’t address the obstacles and constraints identified in the Index through directed policies, it will remain an illusion and out of reach,” he continued.

Following the recent announcement of work having begun to address the issues he highlighted, Hylton said: “This is a really critical undertaking, which needs to be evidence-based and data-driven. and requires great skill and experience. Above all, this requires a clear vision and deliberate planning. The success of this endeavor will transform Jamaica’s economic competitiveness and make a lasting contribution to our efforts, thus far, for the social and economic inclusion of our people and businesses, especially the MSME sector. Therefore, we have to get it right the first time! »

He further called for transparency in the planning and implementation of this “potentially revolutionary” initiative.