Managing Director, Roberts International Airport, 2007-2009
Focus: Civil Service
Topics: Training, Corruption in the Civil Service, Computerization of Records, Pay Reform, Downsizing
Keywords: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Roberts International Airport
Interviewer(s): Jonathan (Yoni) Friedman
Country of Reform: Liberia
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Date: Tue Jun 28 2011
Abraham Simmons discusses his experience as the managing director of Roberts International Airport from 2007 to 2009. He describes the situation of the airport in 2007 as in dire need of renovation, improved services, and financial reform. He notes that his first action as director was to create a clear definition of each position and to establish an understanding of responsibilities. Through the help of foreign consultants Simmons was also able to create an airport operations manual to aid this process. Simmons then discusses the new training programs implemented from 2007 to 2009. He then adds detail in to the challenges that surrounded financing of reforms and new equipment for the airport. With this, he sheds light on efforts to bring the airport up to international compliance. He concludes his discussion with information about a functional review process as an effort to make the operation of the airport more transparent. He also speaks about a new, clearer promotion system that would standardize hiring and firing of employees.
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Abraham Simmons Interview
Abraham Simmons was the managing director of the Roberts International Airport from 2007 to 2009. He had previously worked with McDonald Douglas, UPS Air Group, VOLPAR Incorporated and Air Liberia. Although two years retired in 2007, Simmons took the position of managing director of Roberts International Airport in order to implement various reforms in compliance with international standards.