Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh
Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh is the current Minister of Posts and Telecommunications. He is a professional and well experienced personality. He has gained wealth of experience in the public, private and non for profit environments with exciting results. Dr. Norkeh earned his “Doctorate Degree from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota in Public Administration in 2006; he also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA with Master’s and Bachelor Degrees in Industrial Management and Industrial Technology (with emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering) respectively. During the early part of Dr. Norkeh academic sojourn, he earned an Associate Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA in 1981.
In his capacity as Minister, he has championed the endorsement of the National ICT Policy by the Cabinet, which subsequently led to the “New Numbering Plan and SIM Card Registration”; ensured the safe landing of Liberia’s First Fiber Optic Cable which would facilitate the connection of all coastal African Countries to Europe and provide fast speed internet access, conducted several constructions and renovation of postal facilities in Montserrado as well as other parts of the country; and introduced money transfer amongst services offered by the Postal Administration of Liberia. Dr. Norkeh also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation.
AS Minister and Chairman of the Board, he has instituted several reforms such as the liberalization of the sector which has brought competition and tends to provide information and telecommunication services to citizens in remote locations in Liberia. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Internet Exchange Point in Liberia that will allow network providers to connect their networks and exchange internet traffic locally which will reduce cost, allow high speed data transfer and improve routing efficiency.
Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh prior to becoming Minister of Posts and Telecommunications served the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as Deputy Minister between 2007-2010; his indelible imprints contributed immensely to the upward trend of Liberia on the Doing Business Survey Report published by the World Bank Doing Business Team in 2008-2010. He chaired the Joint Steering Committee on the establishment of the Liberia Business Registry, and facilitated the establishment of the Standard Laboratory under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. He also initiated the development of the national industrial policy for Liberia, and broke monopoly over key commodities including cement and rice in the Liberian market.
Coming from the private sector, Dr. Norkeh worked with several fortune 500 companies in managerial positions in the United States of America from 1987-2007; prior to returning to Liberia to serve his country. Amongst companies he served were: Pillsbury Company, USA: 1987-1990-Unit Manager-Frozen Food Department; 1990-1995 Manufacturing Manager for Operations, Con-Agra/Grist Mill Company, USA; 1995-2000: Manufacturing Manager, Pepsi-Cola Company, USA; 2003-2007: Operations, Cephalon Pharmaceutical Company, USA. Dr. Norkeh has acquired training in “Intergovernmental Relationships, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning/Succession Planning, Training and Development, Total Quality Management, Problem solving skills and techniques, Performance Standard, Project Management, Leading and facilitating effective team building, Plant Safety/Hazard Analysis, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)”.
As a passionate individual, Dr. Norkeh over the years involved himself into community services, and occupied key positions to include: Co-chairman for the Board of Directors, Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM); National Secretary General for the U.S Based organization, the Federation of Liberian Counties (FLC), the concerned Liberian Citizens in Minnesota – CLCMN; President, CEO of the Trans-Atlantic Development Enterprise, TRADE; and Chairman for the Board of Directors, United Nimba Citizens Council (UNICCO). Dr. Norkeh is a member of the following organizations: American Institute of Industrial Engineers (AIIE), Society of American Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and the National Association of Industrial Technology, USA. He received a leadership award by the University of Wisconsin System in 1985; Featured in Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1990-1991; Excellent Leadership Award by United Nimba Citizens Council, (UNICCO) in 1995.
In November 2010, Dr. Norkeh was appointed by the President of Liberia as the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications. Following his confirmation by the Liberian Senate, he proposed a National Postal Address Syatem (NAPAS) during the fiscal year 2012/2013. Currently homes and institutions in Liberia cannot be numerically located. Locating these places are based on landmarks that are not reliable. The Project seeks to address that problem.
Following the passage of the 2012/2013 budget, the Ministry started a pilot phase that gradually got off the ground in the Congo Town community, MOntserrado County, targeting Two Thousand Six HUndred and Sixty-six structures and vacant lots for future construction. The pilot phase in all assesment was successful despite a few challenges that he considered "a lesson learned" as we seek to continue this Natioal Infrastructure Identification Project.
Dr. Norkeh is married to Mrs. Bulleh Bablitch-Norkeh, and the couple have three beautiful daughters, Siamah, Laytee and Nancy Norkeh.