Friday, 12 August 2016
It was a big hope for me to visit the Post office in Mogadishu. In fact I did better then that and also had a meeting with the Director General of the Ministary of Post and Telecommunications .
There is no out going mail at present , just incoming with an arrangement with Emirates Post. The mail arrives twice a week . If they put a mobile number on the package or letter the Post office will call you and you can collect.
Here is the breaking news -
The DG Ahmed Haji Abdi, has just come back from a meeting with Djibouti Government. As a result of this Somalia will launch outgoing mail in early 2017, so a full functioning Post Office. All outgoing mail will go via Djibouti. New Stamps are being planned at this time for release . I am now in personal contact with the DG and will have more up to date news . I will publish it here.
The entrance to the Post Office. The only function at the present is to collect mail. You must pass a security check.
The inside of the GPO now restored and getting ready for business in early 2017.
Here I am with the Deputy of the Postal section.
Here I am with a Postcard I brought with me and some of the stamps that the Post office has. These are now new issues but from their stock. As you can see there is in fact a new postmark.
Post office boxes that will be back in use.
This is me outside the main building.
Here is the new cancellation. First time to be seen. Somalia Post to open 3 post offices in early 2017. Staff just back from training in Djibouti. New stamps will be released.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
I have a surprise trip here on the way to India. I have previously been to Somalialand . In 2011. , I visited Mogadishu but at that time the Country only had control over the airport and surrounding streets so it was not possible to enter the city as a tourist.
Now I am here and spend 3 days. It was great to see the city and I felt secure with the security I had.