Minister for Finance and Rural Development
Current: Re-elected to the 10th National Parliament in the 2017 General Elections as a Peoples National Congress Party Candidate. Member for Kompiam-Ambum Open Electorate, Appointed Minister for Finance and Rural Development in the Marape-Basil cabinet on 20/12/20, currently affiliated to the Liberal Party, 5th Term in this Parliament.
Past: First elected to the 5th National Parliament for the Kompiam-Ambum Open seat in the 1992 general elections. Appointed Public Accounts Committee-Deputy Chair on the 24/11/1992 till 9/6/1994, member of the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings Committee from 11/8/1992 to 8/9/1994 and the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Primary Resources from 8/6/1994 till 8/9/1994. Other appointments include memberships on the Bi-Partisan Select Committee on Provincial Governments on the 17/3/1993, and the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Justice, Private Business Committee-Deputy Chair and Public Works Committee on the 8/9/1994. Re-elected to the 6th National parliament in the 1997 general elections for the same seat. Elected Speaker on the 22/7/1997 till resignation on the 13/7/1999. Founded and elected Leader of Advance Papua New Guinea Party (APP) in May 1999. Appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women, Youth and Churches in the Morauta government from July till APP's exit from government in December 1999. Appointed Minister for Lands and Physical Planning following APP's re-entry into the Morauta led government in April 2000. Disbanded APP on the 29/04/01 to merge with PDM. Named Minister for Foreign Affairs on the 17/05/01 following a cabinet reshuffle of the Morauta government. Decommissioned as minister on the 31/10/2001, and subsequently left PDM. Formed and led the Papua New Guinea Revival Party into the 2002 General Elections as its parliamentary leader. Re-elected to the 8th National Parliament in the 2007 General Elections for the same seat as a National Advance Party candidate. Appointed Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee-Chair on the 18/09/2007, then Minister for Mining in July 2010 till 2/8/2011. Re-elected to the 9th National Parliament in the 2012 General Elections for the same seat as a National Advance Party candidate. Appointed Minister for Environment and Conservation in the O'Neill-Dion cabinet, Appointed Minister for Environment Conservation and Climate Change in the O'Neill-Abel Government from August 2017-May 2019. Served as Chairman of Public Accounts Parliamentary Committee between June 2019 and December
Religion: Christianity-Seventh Day Adventist (SDA)
Primary Education: Gr 1 Moitaka Comm. Sch. (1975), Gr 2 Kerowagi Prim. Sch. (1976), Gr 3-4,6 Gon Comm. Sch (1977-1978), Gr 5 Wabag Comm. Sch (1979)
Secondary Education: Completed his Grs 7-10 from Wabag High School (1981-1986), then Gr 11-12 from Passam National High School (1985-1986)
Tertiary Education: PNG Institute of Banking & Business Management Inc. (2014), Business Administration, Chifley Business School (2015)
Achievements: Earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) Chifley Business School, 2015, Earned a Diploma in Banking (with Distinction), PNG Institute of Banking & Business Management Inc. 2014 Numerous Internal Accelerated Training programs in Supervisory and Managerial Skills with BSP Bank (1988-1992). Nine (9) Certificate Qualifications from 1988-2012-PNG Institute of Bankers (Bankers College) Business Communication, Lending and Securities, International Business, Banking Law & Practice, Business Law, Accounting, Economics, Fundamentals of Banking, Business Calculation.
Last Occupation Prior to Elections: Employed by Australia National Bank (ANB) later acquired by BSP (1986-1992)
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