In 1956, the Department of Posts and Telegraphy was renamed the Ministry of Postal Affair; 22 years later by 1978, another Legislative Act was passed, changing the nomenclature of the Ministry of Postal Affairs to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, thereby mandating it to effectuate the following functions:
1. To provide postal services throughout the country and beyond.
2. To serve as well as subscribers of all communication facilities in Liberia.
3. To provide administrative policy as well as guidelines for postal services and Telecommunications.
4. To serve as the bridge between the Liberian Government and the International Community in the areas of Postal and
When the ICT and Telecommunications sector was scarcely developed due to the outbreak of Liberia’s 15-year civil crisis as the Ministry was executing the mandate of formulating Telecommunications Policies and concomitantly regulating telecommunications operators, a Telecommunications Act of 2007 was passed mandating the Ministry to yield a National Telecommunications and ICT Policy outlining Liberia’s vision to utilize Information and Communications Technology for overall institutional economic growth and development of the sector.
Consequently, by June 2011, a National Telecommunications and ICT Policy drafted by the Ministry under the watchful supervision of Postmaster General Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh, was adopted by the cabinet, thereby devolving the Regulatory Functions to the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) established to regulate and implement this adopted policy, identifying the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) as the designated National Operator to provide telecommunications services such as data and video communications as well as high-speed broadband networks services, including e-services with several outlined objectives to support the Poverty Reduction Strategy within the National Government’s Agenda for Transformation.
Today, with three key GSM Operators, along with the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) as National Operators competitively offering varieties of services to subscribers, all being regulated now by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority. This Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications can safely assert that Liberia’s ability to accelerate its economic growth and development process, gaining global competitiveness and improving the well-being of all stakeholders now largely depends on the extent to which National Government can continue to pledge, organize, enhance and sustain infrastructural development process, utilization and sales of accessible and affordable IBY services in one form or another, given the landing, rolling out of the fiber optic cable in the capital city as well as the provincial cities in rural Liberia the fiber optic cable is designed to bridge Liberia’s digital divide through universal accessibility.
Considering the continual evolving postal delivery being offered within the postal sector, the Ministry is heavily focused on postal expansion and decentralization initiative with the Liberia Government strongly considering the internationally acceptable findings reached after the research conducted by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) for Liberia to build a total of 78 post offices within the entire country based on population density of every ten thousand inhabitants. Against this herculean tasks, Postmaster General Norkeh is leaving no stones unturned as a total of 25 post offices so far have been either rehabilitated or newly constructed in thirteen of the 15 Counties, Saclepea, Nimba County and Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County; being made ready for use by the Liberian people.
Postmaster General Norkeh has now operationalized one of the best postal delivery systems ensuring any posted item arriving at its destination within 5 to 10 days. With the introduction of the internet system, financial Services and all other interwoven services within the postal delivery system, plans are being enacted to be decentralized domestically to enhance productivity and make the postal delivery services more relevant in this contemporary global age to create the diversification and relevance of the Liberian Post.