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Biography of Phillip Paulwell M.P.


The Honourable Phillip Paulwell M.P. is currently Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives and Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kingston East and Port Royal. Prior to his latest appointments, Minister Paulwell served as a Government Minister in the People’s National Party administration between January 1998 and September 2007, his last appointment being Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce.

His appointments to the Executive began in 1995 when he was appointed to the Upper House as a Senator where he served until 1997. He served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce during the same period. He entered the Lower House as a Member of Parliament in 1997 after winning the election in the constituency of Kingston East and Port Royal. His electoral victory in December 2011 marks the beginning of his fourth consecutive term of political representation in this populous section of the Kingston Metropolitan Area.

He has served as Chairman of Region 3 of the People’s National Party since 2006. Among his many achievements as a Government Minister and Member of Parliament, Minister Paulwell is credited with the liberalization of the telecommunications sector. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Gleaner Honour Award for implementing historic measures to break the 25-year telecommunications monopoly and introduce competition in the sector. Prior to 1995, Minister Paulwell served in very senior positions in the Government of Jamaica – Legal Officer of the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company Limited, Executive Director and Trade Administrator of the Trade Board Limited and as the first Executive Director of the Fair Trading Commission.

Those appointments followed his graduation from the University of the West Indies (LL.B Hons, 1986) and the Norman Manley Law School (Certificate in Legal Education, 1988). While pursuing his graduate studies, he also served as part time Lecturer and Tutor in Company Law at the Excelsior Community College and the College of Arts Science and Technology (now the University of Technology).