All Posts are very valuable to their governments. Posts are national treasures. Used properly any Post can represent the state and its development and social policies throughout the country as well as promote financial inclusion, trade/commerce, economic growth and prosperity.

If we could see the global population of 7.3 billion as a small community of just 100 people, it would put the key world issues affecting humanity into dramatic clarity (100 People: A World Portrait). It would show that:

  • 60 of us are Asians, 16 Africans, 14 people from the Americas and 11 Europeans
  • 25 are children, 75 are adults of which 9 are over 65
  • 86 of us are able to read and write and 14 can not
  • 78 have electricity and 22 do not
  • 78 people have a place to shelter them from the wind and the rain and 22 do not
  • 75 have cell phones, 30 are active Internet users and 22 own or share a computer
  • 14 of us live in slums
  • 1 out of every 2 children live in poverty
  • 17 people have no clean, safe water to drink
  • 15 of us are overweight while 20 are undernourished (98% live in developing countries)
  • 1 is dying of starvation

A study by the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research found that the richest 1 percent of world adults owned 40% of the world’s household wealth. Everyone acknowledges that the growing inequality has become on of the biggest threats to the world economy.

According to the UN, 40 out of a community of 100 (or 2.8 billion people) live on less than $2 USD per day and are excluded from any formal financial services.

Posts in emerging markets often face very low mail volumes, post offices in disrepair, outdated equipment, competition and insufficient networks and service-offerings to achieve economies of scale. Yet, many Posts have stepped in to promote “financial inclusion” and offered financial or banking services at affordable prices and in a convenient manner and with dignity for its clients.

In many cases, their governments question if the postal subsidies would not be better spent on social development and infrastructure programs. It must be clearly recognized that Posts bring value and benefit to their government and to their economy.

The 12 Benefits that All Posts Bring to their Country

  • Posts represent the State by their presence across the country.
  • Posts encourage national pride and patriotism.
  • Posts prevent the decline of rural areas by their presence and their services.
  • Posts enable commerce and the movement of goods at affordable prices.
  • Posts enable the growth of small businesses who drive national economic growth by stimulating innovation, acting as a competitive spur to existing businesses and making a large contribution to job creation.
  • Posts enable exports, particularly when using “Exporta Facil” as a driver of economic growth. Small entrepreneurs that export are more productive, more innovative and more resilient.
  • Posts enable financial inclusion by offering money transfer and partnering with banks for banking services and micro-loans for small businesses. This encourages commerce by giving small and medium businesses access to loans at reasonable interest rates. This also helps to reduce poverty.
  • Posts produce foreign exchange revenue from postal terminal dues payments, money transfer as well as custom duty dues on incoming parcels.
  • Posts increase the wider availability of products by acting as transporter or agent for retailers in promoting their products throughout the network.
  • Posts increase the viability of small businesses when these small businesses take a postal franchise.
  • Posts increase the reach and benefit of the social and developmental programs of the Government and NGOs in under-developed regions or the nation as a whole, by acting as agent for them.
  • Posts play a key, first-responder role before, during and after natural disasters.

In the late 1990’s Brazil’s Correios launched Exporta Fácil. It allowed over 10,000 small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to access foreign markets. Correios also partnered with the Bradesco bank creating Banco Postal that offered financial services throughout Brazil. According to the UPU, where Banco Postal was introduced, new businesses increased by 23% and job creation increased by 14%. Banco Postal has over 11 million accounts.

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