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  • Jamaicans can now access Bill Express services, at 39 post offices across the island.
  • The aim is to expend the number of facilities offering Bill Express services to at least 75 by March 2014.
  • Minister Paulwell encouraged the leadership of Jamaica Post to ensure that the post offices continue to have a role in public life in Jamaica.

Jamaicans can now access Bill Express services, at 39 post offices across the island through a partnership between Jamaica Post and GraceKennedy Money Service (GKMS).

Under the arrangement, which rolled out on November 25, customers now have the convenience of paying over 40 different service providers at one location, including electricity, cable, hospital and tuition fees. The aim is to expend the number of facilities offering Bill Express services to at least 75 by March 2014.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who made the official announcement on December 10, at a function held at the Central Sorting Office in Kingston, hailed the collaboration.

“This partnership makes me proud and encouraged that this administration’s push towards greater use of technology, more entrepreneurial Government, and improved customer service is bearing fruit,” he stated.

Minister Paulwell encouraged the leadership of Jamaica Post to ensure that the post offices continue to have a role in public life in Jamaica, by providing effective and economic communications services, and to seek entrepreneurial solutions to maintain viability.

“In this regard, I welcome this partnership with GraceKennedy Money Service, and encourage more Jamaican businesses to seek out similar private partnerships,” he stated.

In his remarks, Post Master General, Michael Gentles, informed that Jamaica Post, through its network of 600 postal points, is well positioned to provide wide reach to the Jamaican population.

He said the organisation is fully aware that the public is demanding faster and more convenient ways of doing business and is fully committed to providing postal and other services that will meet this demand.

“It is commercial services such as the one represented here that shows our ability and willingness to adapt to the ever changing methods of conducting commerce locally and in the global marketplace, and play a part in the modernization of the postal service, and ensure survival,” Mr. Gentles stated.

For her part, Managing Director of GKMS, Joan Marie Powel, said that the partnership is fitting, as it brings together two companies that have a long track record of providing stellar service to the Jamaican population.

She said that this is only the beginning of the partnership as there are a myriad of possibilities to be explored, which serve to benefit the Jamaican consumer.

Jamaica Post is the island’s largest network offering mail and commercial services including bill payment, the sale of postage and commemorative stamps, and local and overseas expedited mail and parcel service using a range of delivery options.

Jamaica Post’s brands include Zip Mail, Express Mail Service (EMS), and Advertising Mail.