THE HON PETER O’NEILL

PRIME MINISTER

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The Hon Peter O’Neill was sworn in on 4 August 2012 as the 9th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

He is the Member of Parliament for Ialibu-Pangia Open and Leader of People’s National Congress Party (P.N.C).

Prime Minister O’Neill was first elected to the 7th National Parliament in 2002 soon after appointed as Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations following the formation of the Somare/Marat Government. In 2003, he was appointed Minister for Public Service and named as the Leader of Government Business.

He was re-elected in 2007 to the 8th National Parliament and was appointed as Minister responsible for Commerce and Industry and Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in the caretaker cabinet then Minister for Public Service in the Somare/Temu cabinet. In 2010, he was appointed as Minister for Finance and Treasury.

Mr O’Neill was President of the PNG Institute of Certified Practicing Accountants (PNGCPA) and served as Company Director for various companies and statutory institutions including Executive Chairman of PNG Banking Corporation, Rural Development Bank, Motor Vehicle Insurance Trust and Pacific MMI Insurance.

He holds a Bachelor Degree of Accountancy and Commerce and Honors Degree in Accountancy from the University of Papua New Guinea and Certified Practicing Accountants from PNGCPA.

He was born on 13 February 1965.

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