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Residents of Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth can now conduct business more efficiently in their new state of the art post office.
The official opening of the post office, held recently, saw scores of residents attending. Guest Speaker at the opening, Minister of Commerce, Science and Technology, Phillip Paulwell, told the residents that “the traditional post office is dying” and that “Jamaicans now have access to immediate information . that they can get at the click of a mouse”.
He added, “here at Santa Cruz, you will be able to access information from your relatives . almost instantaneously”, adding that residents “will be able to respond, and from the post office, be able to send an e-mail”.
Minister Paulwell told the gathering that, “we therefore have to make a tremendous quantum leap from where we were, to the reality that now calls for greater viability in the postal service, .that is going to be based on better quality service and a variety of postal services”.
“We want the post office to return to its former glory as the institution for communication in Jamaica,” he added.
Those persons who don’t have access to computers at home will be able to use the computer at the post office to access important information, such as hurricane updates.
In addition, residents will be able to process their driver’s licences, register businesses, get import licences, as well as pay their income tax.
The Technology Minister stated, “we have to ensure that as technology improves . we want all of Jamaica to have access to broadband technology, that will enable us to have even more efficient access, so that more things can be brought down on your computer”.
Mr. Paulwell informed the residents “right here from this post office you will be able to do your business without having to travel to Kingston”.
He said further, “the post office is going to lead the way” but, “there is an obligation that we bare as a government”. Mr. Paulwell added, “even while these changes are happening and people are moving towards the technology, we still provide the basic service in the various nook and crannies of this country”.
Minister Paulwell pleaded to venture partners to “assist us now with enabling this establishment to be a real commercial facility”, so that residents will be able to conduct other businesses, such as visiting their doctor and the bank on a second floor.
“As we usher in a new post office to Santa Cruz, and welcome the new features and the tremendously improved services, may it serve our people .well,” he added.
The new Santa Cruz post office is located at 9 Coke Drive in the town.