The Opposition Leader

Hon. Patrick Pruaitch
Parliamentary Leader of the National Alliance Party

Hon. Patrick Pruaitch has been the Minister for Treasury of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea since March 2014.  As the Minister for Treasury, Hon Pruaitch was also the Chairman for the Boards of Governors of the IMF/WBG in 2014.

Hon. Pruaitch holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea.  His other political appointments have included: Minister for Forests (2002-2007), Minister for Treasury and Finance (2007-2010), Minister for Forests and Climate Change (2012-2014).

His additional work experience includes: Regional Operations Manager for New Guinea Islands with South Pacific Breweries, Regional Manager for Momase Region with South Pacific Breweries, one (1) year engagement with major Asian business leader Asia Pacific Breweries in Singapore, Retail Manager, Momase Region with Shell (PNG) Ltd.

Hon. Pruaitch is a four-time elected Member of Parliament for Aitape-Lumi Electorate from 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017 national elections respectively.

He has been awarded with a Queen’s Honours – Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG).

Currently, he is the Parliamentary Leader of the National Alliance Party and Leader of the Opposition, Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

Recent Media Releases

National Government Making Mess of Earthquake Disaster Recovery Effort

The National Government is making a shamble of the recovery effort in the aftermath of unprecedented earthquake damage in Southern Highlands, Hela and parts of …

Hosting of APEC Summit Provides Big Opportunities For PNG

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said today hosting of the APEC Summit will showcase PNG’s potential in the dynamic Asia Pacific Region, and allow other Pacific …

State Of Emergency Could Speed Up Restoration of Normalcy

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has commended Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for the Government’s quick response to the disastrous earthquake that has severely impacted the oil …

Release Of Incomplete 2017 FBO Data an ‘Irresponsible’ Attempt To Hide True State of Economy

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch, said today PNG Treasurer Charles Abel has been “naive and irresponsible” in his premature release of alleged details of the 2017 …

Falling Employment Levels Are Gathering Pace And Adversely Impacting Living Standards

Government policies have contributed to a decline in PNG’s economic performance since 2013 with ongoing mismanagement continuing to have negative impacts even though commodity prices …