This week we look at the national addressing and post code project and the roll-out plan that ZICTA has in place in ensuring the smooth flow of the project
THE Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has started the second phase of the national addressing and post code having concluded with the pilot project in Lusaka with three areas being piloted and these included Kamwala South, Northmead and Kalingalinga. ZICTA has partnered with various municipalities to ensure the smooth flow of the roll-out. These include the Lusaka City Council, Ndola City Council, Kitwe City Council, Kabwe City Council
Teams of data collectors will be visiting premises in all the areas tabulated below, from Monday, November 17 to 21, 2014, to collect and verify address-related information. All data collectors will present an authentic introductory letter and will be easily identified by the official project attire. We kindly request full co-operation at this critical stage of the project and further support during and after the installation of addressing infrastructure in your respective neighbourhoods. The co-operation of the concerned residents and their active participation in this important national exercise will be greatly appreciated.
LusakaÂ Â Â KitweÂ Â Â NdolaÂ Â Â ChingolaÂ Â Â Kabwe
NDEKE VILLAGE H
NDEKE VILLAGE G
Approximately 6,500 properties will be addressed in each of these districts (32,500) and it is hoped the residents can appreciate the infrastructure and safeguard it. ZICTA, through the Project Secretariat, is working with all the five municipalities to ensure that these signs are placed.
The national addressing and postcode project hopes to resolve the challenges of addressing in Zambia such as limited P.O. Box infrastructure and incomplete physical addressing. The expected benefits of national addressing and postcode go beyond the postal sector. Some of these include
â€¢Â Â Â Quick and efficient deployment of emergency services
â€¢Â Â Â More user-friendly cities: named streets and properly numbered properties
â€¢Â Â Â More efficient service delivery and billing by utility companies
â€¢Â Â Â Improved quality of service and delivery success.
â€¢Â Â Â Reduction in costly undeliverable mail.
â€¢ Automated mail processing is a possibility.
â€¢ Potential for new revenue from e-commerce.
â€¢ Other previously unexplored opportunities to increase mail volumes arise.
ZICTA would like to urge the people in the areas that are being worked on to cooperate with the data collectors as they go round the areas to collect the information. Our aim is to ensure that the postal and ICT sectors are brought close to the people.