Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has said government will help identify partners to save loss-making Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) stations nationwide.
The minister said this on Saturday when he toured Chikwawa Post Office where he encouraged staff to change their approach to business.
“Our plan as a ministry is to resuscitate all the ailing post offices across the country by adding value through the introduction of new business platforms, including consolidation of the traditional post office services such as postal money transfer and courier services.
“This is why we are introducing telecentres in some areas and encouraging staff to develop new [skills] to avoid rivals taking our business away,” he said.
Dausi, therefore, called on MPC management to ensure that the corporation diversifies to suit modern business dynamics.
MPC director of operations John Katunga asked for more support from the government to make MPC more vibrant.
“The government has been trying to make MPC vibrant by, among other, things expanding our network. We want to take advantage of that to consolidate our hold on the business portifolio,” he said.
MPC records indicate that out of its 180 stations, only 40 are making profits while the rest have over the years been making losses, bringing a financial burden to the already struggling parastatal. na