Matsapha-The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in collaboration with the Eswatini Communications Commission (ESCCOM) and the Eswatini Post and Telecommunications Company (EPTC) is now at an advanced stage in their quest to establish a national addressing and postcode system.
The Ministry has now completed the feasibility study and the report was delivered by their Consultants from the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The ultimate objective of this programme is that every citizen of the country should have a physical address.
Speaking at the delivery of the feasibility study report, the Chief Executive Officer of the ESCCOM, Mvilawemphi Dlamini indicated that “the National addressing and post codes report is on a subject that is at the heart of the Commission. ESCCOM, as the regulator for the postal and courier services, has a keen interest in the establishment of a comprehensive and uniform addressing and post codes system for the country, as we strive to introduce innovative systems aligned with global advancements. “
There is an urgent need to adopt modern day addressing and post code systems and it is for this reason that ESCCOM supports the efforts by Eswatini to join the global drive to implement a National Addressing and Postcode System.
The National Addressing and Postcode System project is aimed at developing an official addressing system; physical or otherwise, for all urban, rural, and informal settlements in the Kingdom of Eswatini.
The feasibility study was initiated in October 2021, and involved multiple means of collecting information including literature research, interviews with some of you as stakeholders, and onsite visits.
Speaking on behalf of the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Mancoba Msibi said the project is aligned with the country’s strategic roadmap, which is a blueprint that seeks to usher Eswatini towards a developed nation.
Msibi intimated that “such essential infrastructure is a cornerstone that facilitates business exchange increasing efficiency in global transportation and logistics. International trends dictate to us, as a country, to leverage and harness these developments to our advantage for enhanced economic development. Such essential infrastructure is a cornerstone that facilitates business exchange increasing efficiency in global transportation and logistics. International trends dictate to us, as a country, to leverage and harness these developments to our advantage for enhanced economic development.”
The Ministry of ICT and her agencies, ESCCOM and EPTC, have taken the initiative to seek Cabinet approval for this initiative.