H.E PHILIPPE GERMAIN

PRESIDENT

NEW CALEDONIA

On 1 April 2015 Philippe Germain was elected President of the Government of New Caledonia.

Mr. Germain is a former member of the previous governments from 2009 to 2011 and also a member of government in 2014.

The president of the government of New-Caledonia, Mr. Germain is holding a number of government portfolios including Economy and External Trade, Customs, Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, Child and youth protection. Mr Germain is also directly in charge of New Caledonia’s regional cooperation and external relations within the government.

New Caledonia was finally admitted as full member of the Pacific Islands Forum at the 47th Forum Summit in Ponhpei, Federated States of Micronesia, on 10 September 2010.

Mr. Germain is at the heart of many reforms in New Caledonia, strengthening social protection, business competitiveness, targeting fiscal pressure on the middle class and the high cost of living.

After pursuing studies in administration and accounting in Paris, he began his career as an accountant in a New Caledonian industrial chocolate plant, in 1990 and worked his way up to become the company’s CEO until 2008.

From 2004 to 2009, he was chair of the influential New Caledonian Federation of Industry (FINC), where he was largely instrumental in its modernisation. During his tenure, he championed socially responsible companies and helped strengthen New Caledonia’s local industry