By George Psyllides
The cabinet on Wednesday authorised the postmaster general to extend the range of services provided by the island’s post offices to include car ownership transfers, vehicle immobilisations, road tax payments, driver licence issuance, and any other service decided by the minister of communications.
“This decision aims at providing citizens with a better service,” deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said.
Earlier in the day the swearing in ceremony for the new Commissioner for Electronic Communications and Postal Services, Giorgos Michaelides, and the new deputy Commissioner Petros Galides was held at the presidential palace.
The ceremony was presided over by Acting President and House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou who said the revolution in electronic communications over the past 20 years offered a world of opportunities to society, could increase speed and productivity, and offer improved services to the public.
“The further development of the electronic communications and postal market will contribute significantly to raising the standard of life for citizens and aid in economic recovery,” he said.
“The work of the Commissioner for Electronic Communications and Postal Services has never been more important,” he added. “The primary objective should be to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers in terms of price, quality and breadth of services.”
Both the new commissioner and his deputy pledged to do their best to serve the public interest and to work for a more “affordable, modern and high-level telecommunications and postal services.”