Parliament session adjourned to Tuesday 25th June 2019, 2pm

Hon. Patrick Pruaitch, CMG, MP

Patrick Pruaitch

Ministerial Portfolio
Leader of the Opposition

Aitape Lumi Open

National Alliance (NA)

Parliamentary Services

Current: Re-elected to the 10th National Parliament for the Aitape-Lumi Open seat in the 2017 General Elections as a member of the National Alliance Party. Leader of the National Alliance Party, Leader of the Opposition, 4th Term in this Parliament.

Past: First elected in to the 7th National Parliament in the 2002 General Elections for the Aitape-Lumi Open seat as an Independent Candidate then joined the National Alliance Party. Appointed Minister for Forestry on the 13/8/2002 following the formation of the Somare/Marat government, and Leader of Government Business in May 2004. Given added responsibilities as Minister for Lands and Physical Planning on the 3/8/2004 following Petrus Thomas resignation from cabinet, till the 7/1/2005, then more added responsibilities as Minister for National Planning and Monitoring following the resignation of Authur Somare as a minister of state on the 27/1/2006 to 23/6/2006, and Minister for Finance from the 3/4/2006 to 23/6/2006. Endorsed National Alliance Party candidate for the Aitape-Lumi Open seat in the 2007 General Elections. Re-elected to the 8th National Parliament in the 2007 General Elections for the same seat as a national Alliance Party candidate. Appointment as Minister responsible for Treasury and Finance and Forestry in the caretaker cabinet on the 13/8/2007. Appointed Minister for Treasury and Finance in the Somare-Temu cabinet on the 29/8/2007 till suspension from parliament to face Leadership Tribunal in June 2010. Re-elected to the 9th National Parliament in the 2012 General Elections for the same seat as a National Alliance Party candidate. Appointed Minister for Forest and Climate Change in the O'Neill-Dion cabinet following formation of government in August 2012 till 19/3/2014, then commissioned Minister for Treasury.


Religion: Roman Catholic
Primary Education: Completed his Primary Education at St. Vincent de Paul Primary School (1973-1978)
Secondary Education: Completed his Secondary Education at St Ignatius Hgh. Sch (1979-1982) and Sogeri National Hgh. Sch (1983-1984)
Tertiary Education: Completed his Tertiary Education from University of Papua New Guinea (1985-1988)

Achievements: Earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics from University of Papua New Guinea. He was awarded the Queens Honors-Companion of the most distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG)
Last Occupation Prior to Elections: Employed by SP Holdings for 10 years, then moved to Shell PNG Ltd in 1998 till resignation in 2002 to contest the Elections.

Contact Details

Parliament Office
C/-National Parliament, PO Parliament House, WAIGANI, NCD 131, Papua New Guinea

Ph: +675 3277631/ 72249116
Fax: +675 3277480

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