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The post in ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’ - Sri lanka post


The post in ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’


 

The post in ‘the pearl of the Indian Ocean’

John Modd speaks to M.K.B Dissanayake, Postmaster General at Sri Lanka Post, on changes to the island’s postal services following years of civil war.
For many years Sri Lanka attracted global attention because of internal conflict. As the country enters a new and more peaceful era, Mail & Express Review felt it was time to learn more about the national post’s activities on this beautiful island.
Sri Lanka is a large island to the south of India and in the vicinity of the Maldives. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar, and the Palk Strait, with an area of 65,610 square kilometres. The population is in excess of 20m and GDP per capita is $2,435. The main areas of economic activity are the garment industry, tea and agriculture, plus remittances from migrant workers.
The Post has over 20,000 employees and 176 vehicles. It operates through 649 Post Offices and 3408 sub-offices.
Dissanayake explains that the particular challenge “as a result of the ending of the thirty years’ war is rebuilding new post offices, supply of infrastructure facilities and appointing necessary staff. There is a national special programme for the northern province called the ‘Vadakkin Vasantham’ project.”

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