Parliament adjourned to 2:00 pm, Tuesday 2nd June 2020.

Hon. James Byron Chan, MP

James Byron Chan

Ministerial Portfolio

Namatanai Open

People's Progress Party (P.P.P)

Date of Election
14 July 2012

Votes Received

Contact Details

Parliament Office
National Parliament P O Parliament House, WAIGANI, N.C.D

Telephone: 3277357
Fax: 3277480

Electorate Office


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Parliamentary Services

Current: Member of Parliament for Namatanai Open and Minister for Mining

Past: First elected in to the 7th National Parliament in the 2002 General Elections for the Namatanai Open seat as a People's Progress Party Candidate. Appointed to Parliamentary Referral Committee on Communications on the 18/09/2007. Permanent Committee on Economic Affairs, Deputy Opposition Leader 2006-2007. Re-elected to the 8th National Parliament in the 2007 General Elections for the same seat as a People's Progress Party candidate. Permanent Committee on Pension and Retirement Benefits, Permanent Committee on Standing Orders, Special Committee on Agriculture and livestock. Appointed Minister for Mining on the 5/8/2011 in the O'Neill-Namah cabinet. Re-elected to the 9th National Parliament in the 2012 General Elections for the same seat as a People's Progress Party candidate. Reappointed Minister for Mining in the O'Neill-Dion cabinet following formation of government August 2012.


Religion: Christian- Roman Catholic
Primary Education: Rabaul International School
Secondary Education: Marist Brothers Ashgrove, Queensland
Tertiary Education: Business Law, Airport and Aviation Security

Achievements: Certificate in Business Law, Certificate in Airport and Aviation Security, Diploma in Computer Operation Martial Arts- Black Belt, Fong Kune Do Kung Fu and Tong Long Kung Fu Zenbudo Kai Karate
Community Interests: Martial Arts
Last Occupation Prior to Elections: Security Operations Managing Director, Islands Nation Air- CORPS Commissioner, Network International