Polye was given the award by the Queen for his “services to the people of Kandep and PNG as a whole”.
He had served as deputy Prime Minister in the former government led by Sir Michael Somare. Vice-minister for Treasury and Sohe MP Delilah Gore was at the ceremony.
“This gives me the humble feeling to continue provide service to the people of this country, my family and those that are around me and importantly the people of Kandep who elected me,” Polye said.
“It gives me the mandate to perform and enhance my contribution in the meaningful way to the people of this great nation.” He said the value of the award was not in the medal but in his heart. Polye said all must share prosperity in the country. He called on the business people including women and youth to actively participate in business