A new system of addresses and postal codes covering the whole of Tanzania was officially launched on 18 January to replace the old PO box system centred on local post offices.

Within the next five years businesses and private residences will have direct deliveries of their mail instead of having to go to the local post office to collect their correspondence from numbered PO boxes.

The new system was launched at the three day conference in Arusha to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU). The organization was set up in Arusha on 18 January 1980 as a special agency of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).