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Communications, Works and Infrastructure Minister Hon. Arden McLean talks to the people of East End last Wednesday, 13 September.

Published 19th September 2006, 3:6pm

East End had the highest attendance of any of Grand Caymanís district meetings held by Cayman Islands Postal Service (CIPS) to discuss the postcode.

The meeting, which took place on Wednesday at the East End United Church Hall, was the fourth in a series of nine district meetings that CIPS is holding to promote the new postcode. Communications, Works and Infrastructure Minister Hon. Arden McLean welcomed 25 residents to the meeting. So far Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow and staff have visited Cayman Brac, West Bay and George Town.

The Minister opened the meeting by telling the audience how pleased he was with the new postcode. "For the past 20 or 30 years there has been talk about a postcode. I challenged the Postmaster General to finish developing a postcode for these islands, and a year later we are witnessing its implementation. The postcode puts us on the same stage as developed countries. It places the Cayman Islands on the same level as first-world countries in terms of postal development," he said.

"This is not something that Sheena dreamed up. She and her staff worked with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) to develop this postcode," he added.

The Minister asked the public to embrace the new postcode and to update their friends and family overseas. "The postcode is not hard; it is easy to use. The thing the public has to understand is that adopting the postcode is a gradual process. Using the postcode makes it easier for postal staff to sort the mail and should in time increase the accuracy of sorting," he said.

Mr. McLean also praised postal staff. "I donít believe the public understands what goes on behind the scenes. When a letter comes from your loved one, you have no idea of the care and attention that piece of mail gets before it goes into your post office box."

Ms Glasgow gave a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation that explained the development and proper use of the postcode.

"We worked with the UPU which is helping all Caribbean countries develop a postcode. The US Postal Service also had representatives at those meetings, and they suggested that we not make the code look anything like the US zip code," she said.

"Our code is alphanumeric. We used the Internet domain name which is KY. Each island has a designator: KY1 for Grand Cayman, KY2 for Cayman Brac, and KY3 for Little Cayman. Postal facilities and post box sections are represented by the last four numbers. This makes it more effective and efficient for our sorters," she said.

Ms Glasgow encouraged residents to use the postcode and reiterated that adopting the postcode is a gradual process.

District meetings continue next week in North Side at the Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre at 7.30. The first 50 people will receive a pen, mouse pad, note pad or ruler. Refreshments will be served.