Reform headed for the postal service says Minister

Bahamas Postal Service head office on East Hill Street.

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation the Hon. C. V. Hope Strachan said that there is clearly a need for reform of the postal service, if it is to continue to be relevant.  This is due in large part, she said, of the toll that technology has taken on postal service worldwide, with instantaneous forms of communication “virtually” wiping out conventional forms of mail delivery.

“In order to be relevant, we must find ways to achieve profitability on a sustainable basis,” Minister Strachan said, during her recent contributions to the 2012-2013 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly.

“A commercialised postal service that offers a variety of postal products and services is the direction we must move in.”

Minister of State for Transport, Hon. Hope Strachan.

When speaking of the Road Traffic Department issues, Minister Strachan said that revenue receipts are down and recently allegations of dishonesty and corruption were levelled against the department.

“These allegations are under active investigation,” she said.  “It is important to determine how we can resolve systemic weaknesses which provide the conditions for this type of activity to flourish.”

Minister Strachan added: “In the meantime, we have moved swiftly and in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and have already established a treasury receipting system to replace the previous.

“This protocol should tighten the collection of the various categories of licensing and inspection fees and ensure accountability and transparency.”

It is anticipated, Minister Strachan said, that the same system is to be implemented at the outposts on Carmichael Road and at Fort Charlotte.

“It is important that the revenue collection from this sector is improved, if we are to do our part to pay for the modernisation of our roads and transport systems and to create a safer environment for the motoring public,” she said.

Minister Strachan pointed out that in 2011, 56 persons died on the streets of The Bahamas and between 2007 and 2011, there were a total of 251 fatalities.

“While we are able to number the deaths and injuries, it is impossible to calculate the untold suffering associated with this carnage,” Minister Strachan said.