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The Government is in the process of amending the Post Office Act of 1941, to enable the Post and Telecommunications Department to meet the demands and changes of the globalised economy.
The disclosure was made by Principal Director, Information and Telecommunications, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), JoAnne Archibald, during the official launch of a set of commemorative stamps marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of West Indian cricket icon, the late George Alphonso Headley, on Friday (September 25), at the Institute of Jamaica.
“The Government has, therefore, began the process which will see to the amendment of the current law and the design of a new framework for the postal sector, which will advance the pursuit of universal access through review of the structure to formally take into account other providers of postal and related services,” she said.
Ms. Archibald said that the modernisation programme, even in its conceptual stages, should herald the implementation of new, efficient and effective modes of receiving and delivering mail which are more responsive to local requirements and needs.
The Post Office Act 1941 established the Jamaican Postal Service as the authority for all mail communications within Jamaica, based on the stipulated “exclusive privilege” of the Postmaster General, as contained in section 6 (and supported by other sections) of the Post Office Act 1941
She lauded the employees of the Department for the work that they have been doing over the years, in supporting the social and economic wellbeing of the Jamaican people.
She also noted that the Department plays an important role in society, as a result of its large and far reaching network of post offices and, as such, is the institution of choice in distributing social benefits to the people of Jamaica. She cited benefits such as the NIS and PATH programmes, which are distributed through post offices.
Pointing to the significance of the postage stamps, she noted that they “will inspire and perpetuate recognition and appreciation of this truly legendary sportsman.”
Mr. Headley, the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team was born in Panama to a Jamaican father but lived in Jamaica from age 10. He is considered one of three greatest batsmen of all times.
The stamps set features images covering his career, and forms part of the celebrations marking his 100th birthday.

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