The Somali Postal Service (Somali Post) is the national postal service of Somalia. It is part of the Federal Government of Somalia's Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunications. The postal authority historically sent mail to and received parcels from various domestic and international destinations, but shut down operations in 1991. Somali Post later officially relaunched on 1 November 2013, following a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Emirates Post in April of the year. In December 2012, the Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Abdullahi Elmoge Hersi, announced that Somalia's new federal government planned to officially relaunch the Somali Postal Service in 2013. On 1 November 2013, international postal services for Somalia officially resumed. The UPU is now assisting the Somali Postal Service to develop its capacity, including providing technical assistance and basic mail processing equipment.