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Officials plan pan-Arab postal service

Officials from all GCC postal companies meet to discuss a unified regional service.

Senior officials from postal service providers across the GCC came together in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, this week to discuss the creation of a unified, region-wide delivery service.

According to a report in the Arab News daily newspaper, the officials discussed "final details" of a plan to create a single company that would provide surface and airmail services throughout the GCC.

However, in a nod to the glacial speed of delivery that customers currently endure in the GCC, the discussions were not concluded in Dammam, and will not begin again until November.

Details of this weeks closed door meeting were not released, but Mohammed Bantan, the president of Saudi Post, told Arab News afterwards that officials had discussed who would be in charge of managing a regional postal system, finance issues, sourcing equipment and studying standardisation of procedures and practices.

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