Haiti – Reconstruction : The postal services are improving

Haiti Post employs close to 500 employees.

One year on from a new mail sorting centre opening in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, the Post is showing signs of recovery. Some 87 employees work in the capital’s main postal centre, which processes all incoming and outgoing mail. The facility, a 600-square meter tent-like structure, was built with the help of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and its member countries. “We are very happy to have this centre, which helps us provide services to the population. Little by little we are organizing ourselves,” says the Post’s director general, Edvard Despeignes. “We receive more mail than is sent out. Monthly, we are seeing a 4-per cent increase in volumes.”

Dedicated employees continue to face tremendous challenges to keep the mail moving, but their working conditions are beginning to improve. Earlier this year, they finally received salaries thanks to a government loan. The Post had not been able to pay some staff for more than six months. Others working in the provinces were owed more than a year’s salary… “The loan enabled us to pay arrears and pension contributions, so employees about to retire will be able to claim their pensions,” explains Despeignes. “This has served to motivate employees.”

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