New postcode system is still facing hurdles, minister warns

13Dec 2017
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
New postcode system is still facing hurdles, minister warns

THE implementation of the national addressing and postcode system (NAPS) is likely to be delayed because of the fact that many streets in urban areas across the country still don’t have official names, it was stated yesterday.

The deputy minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Engineer Atashasta Nditiye

The deputy minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Engineer Atashasta Nditiye, singled out the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government unit) for blame in failing to issue names to all streets.

“The postcodes are already in place, but we are still waiting for the PMO-RALG office to furnish us with the complete names of streets,” Nditiye said in an interview with The Guardian here.

But according to the deputy minister, the process of installing NAPS can still be completed within the next six months if all goes well.

Earlier, when opening a sensitisation workshop on postcode issues co-organised by the African Union Commission and Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), Eng Nditiye told delegates from African Union (AU) countries that Tanzania has ratified all Universal Postal Union (UPU) additional protocols and supports the Doha and Istanbul World Postal Strategies which place postcodes as a platform for e-commerce.

“Tanzania is well prepared for e-commerce,” he said.

Tanzania embarked on the NAPS project in 2010 with the government rolling out guidelines for street address and postcode systems to be used by local government authorities to implement NAPS.

A participant representing the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Haruni Lemanya, said Tanzania has adopted a numeric postcode system with five digits.

Lemanya explained that the whole country has been divided into seven postcode areas and zones, and the five-digit system is used to allocate the codes to the nearest ward which is the lowest government administrative level.

“The model is based on a street-type addressing system with postcodes and creation of a national addressing database. It involves identification and naming of streets and numbering all houses in accordance with new addressing standards,” he said. 

Postcodes are also allocated to post office branches, major postal customers, and landmarks.

Acting postmaster general Hassan Mwang’ombe said the Tanzania Posts Corporation has adapted NAPS as a way of identifying locations by street names, house numbers, and appending postcodes.

He told the workshop participants that TPC is transforming to become a platform of choice for digital and physical business and service facilitation.

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