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MONROVIA, April 30 (LINA) - Posts and Telecommunications Minister Frederick Norkeh has said the World Bank and GSM companies in Liberia have pledged over US$1 million to help government ensure universal access to telecommunications in the country.

In an interview with the Liberia News Agency Monday, the Minister said the issue of access will target areas that are facing technology challenges.

Minister Norkeh said the donation will address accessibility in rural areas, particularly Southeastern Liberia, that fall below the 10,000 person threshold used as benchmark for providing telecommunication access in the past by both government and private companies.

He noted that the existing situation contravenes the guiding principle of the Universal Postal Union, which provides that “no citizens should be denied information because of their economic status.”

“With a donation like this, we are going to have lesser situations where our citizens have to climb trees to make a simple phone call to their loved ones and families,” the Minister declared.

The donation is to be made available before the conclusion of this year, he further disclosed.

Meanwhile, the Postal Affairs Minister has thanked the government for its continuous support to the ministry in achieving its plans and programs.

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