Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Trade
Aitape Lumi Open
National Alliance Party (NA)
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, joined the the Government Branch on 10th September 2019, appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Trade following a Cabinet reshuffle on 8/11/19, 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. Leader of the Opposition from August 2017-9th September 2019.
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.
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