Albert Bockarie describes civil service reforms after the end of civil war in Sierra Leone. He focuses on recruitment procedures and training. He reports that because of low public service pay, the country suffered from a “brain drain” and corruption. He argues that these problems cannot be addressed without increasing salaries. He describes the challenge of getting pay for retirees disbursed promptly. He urges increased use of computers and other information technologies as essential because paper records can be lost or purposely destroyed. He says international donors and consultants are helpful in meeting these challenges.
At the time of this interview, Albert Bockarie was senior permanent secretary of the Public Service Commission of Sierra Leone. He had served since 1982 at the provincial level as a district officer and in all the national ministries in the government of Sierra Leone except Trade and Finance, Foreign Affairs, Finance and Education.