St. Maarten Prime Minister urges postal service to be creative

POSTED: 10/31/11 12:30 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Wiliams toured the Post Office and spoke with employees last week to get an update since the signing of the Transfer, Support and Assistance Agreement on Saturday, October 15, 2011, guaranteeing postal services for the country. The agreement was signed by the Prime Minister as shareholder representative, along with Interim Managing Director of Postal Service St. Maarten N.V. (PSS) Denicio Richardson, Nieuwe Post N.A. N.V. (NPNA) General Managing Director Franklin Sluis, and St. Maarten Communication Union (SMCU) President Ludson Evers.
As of October 15th 2011, all concession related postal services and employees were transferred to PSS. This specifically means that all revenues and operational expenses of the concession related services will be for the account of PSS. Parties also agreed that NPNA will support PSS with the management of PSS for the period that started October 15, 2011 and ending December 31, 2011. This is referred to as the support period to provide the universal postal service on St. Maarten.
“During my meeting with the staff, I stressed to them how important it was for them and management to be creative and think outside the box to ensure the longevity of PSS. While traditional postal services will remain, it was primarily the non-postal activities that need to be developed in order to have a competitive and financially healthy company in the long-term. Our strength is our employees and they now have to make service priority number one. While there are still some uncertainties and challenges, the general sentiments were that we can and we must make it work,” Wescot-Williams said on Sunday.

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