Taz Technologies, the Kenyan startup behind digitised mail service technology application, MPost, plans to speed up its expansion into the Sub-Saharan region to tap into opportunities presented by the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.
During a podcast organized by the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, Twahir Mohamed, the company’s CEO openly talked about venturing into Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda and Burundi in their first expansion phase.
“We have already closed an agreement with Uganda and we are currently in talks with the South African Post Office, with potential of having an agreement by the end of the year. We are also in the final stages of our deliberations with Rwanda and Burundi,” said Mohamed.
MPost is a patented technology enabling any mobile phone user to transform his or her phone into a unique mobile postal box at an annual fee of $3 (Sh110). Through a configuration of exclusive partnerships with the national postal services of countries around the world, users can register themselves with Mpost to send and receive mail and parcels.
The company partnered with the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) to provide virtual postal addresses. This gives customers the ability to collect their parcels or letters at over 600 postal offices countrywide. In addition to the mail services, MPost also enables users to pay for goods and services as well as send and receive money via e-banking services.