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 ( 2017 - 2022)