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Phillip Paulwell CD, MP

Political Career: Member of Parliament for Kingston East and Port Royal ( &#; present) and former Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce. He is currently the Shadow Minister of Mining and Energy. MP Paulwell currently serves on the following Parliamentary Committees:

  • Committee of Privileges
  • House
  • Standing Orders
  • Integrity Commission Oversight

Profession: Lawyer

Education: University of the West Indies (UWI).

MPs score is not impacted by absence that is caused by illness or the need to attend to official Government business.

House of Representatives

Public Accounts and Appropriations Committee

Constituency Development Fund Consultations


No meetings held


No meetings required

Constituency Development Fund Reports

No CDF reports have been received to date

NOTE: The Integrity Commission reports on offences under the Act. The Tick/Check Mark indicates that an offence has occurred in that particular year. The X indicates that no offence occurred and the Parliamentarian is compliant.

Assessed under the then Parliament (Integrity of Members) Act, Repealed as of February 22,

  • Did not declare
  • Declared late
  • Reported to Parliamentary Leader
  • Declaration not cleared
  • Reported to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)
  • Fined in Resident Magistrate's Court

Based on the Integrity Commission's interpretation of "Part VII Privilege and Confidentiality", Section 56 of the Integrity Commission Act, , the Annual Reports of the Integrity Commission no longer name nor identify any Parliamentarian that commits an offence (a breach) of the Act, neither will it name nor identify any Parliamentarian that is being further investigated or prosecuted for the offence(s) committed.

Assessed under the Integrity Commissions Act,

  • Did not declare
  • Declared late
  • Reported to Parliamentary Leader
  • Declaration not cleared
  • Reported to Director of Corruption Prosecution
  • Fined for failure to report on time and/or provide info.
  • Fined for false statement or information
  • Prosecuted by Director of Corruption Prosecution


KINGSTON, Jamaica &#; Hours after his resignation as chairman of the People's National Party (PNP), Phillip Paulwell says he is not a supporter of tribal politics, while declaring that he holds no malice against anyone in his party who, he says, were responsible for him losing his United States visa.

"People will go to the US Embassy &#; people of your own ilk will go and tell lies about you. That's how terrible the politics is. That's how terrible the internal politics can be," Paulwell said on Friday in a Facebook live video.

In , Paulwell, along with Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Daryl Vaz, had their visas revoked by the US State Department.

Former United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia, disclosed this week on Nationwide News Network that he was doing his best to correct the injustice that was done to Vaz.

However, there was no such luck for Paulwell, as Tapia explained that he was not familiar with the senior PNP official's case.

Despite the loss of his visa, which he attributed to "internal [party] politics", Paulwell said he still wanted peace within the PNP.

"I bare these things and I still wanted peace [within the PNP]. I still wanted to ensure that during this period we elect our officers, that we could agree on four VPs [vice-presidents], and that we could carry forward that agreement, and that we wouldn't have any upheaval with the regional leadership, the elections towards NEC [National Executive Council], and so on and so forth. We could have done these all without disturbances," Paulwell shared.

And amid the purported wrong that was done to him, Paulwell attested to being a "sincere" person with a clean heart.

"You know despite what anyone wants to say about me, I can look in the mirror with a clean heart and hands and say, 'I have been sincere,'" he pointed out.

"Sincere in standing up for the Jamaican people; sincere in leading a life of honesty; a life without corrupt motives and practices; a life where in my own constituency I work for peace for the killings you hear about to stop&#;" he elaborated.

The former PNP chairman, as well as party vice-presidents Damion Crawford, Wykeham McNeill, and Mikael Phillips, all resigned from their respective posts.

In a statement earlier on Friday, the senior comrades said they arrived at the decision after recognising the risk of another internal election before the wounds of the last presidential elections were adequately healed.

In his Facebook live video, Paulwell said that, "Today [Friday] has been another unfortunate day in the party."

He added: "We've decided to step back and to allow the party leader [Mark Golding] to have his team. I am too weak to fight, and I know that it is going to get us know where, because we're not going to be successful with half of the party working."

Underscoring that he had done everything in his power to create unity in the party, Paulwell argued that if 70 per cent of the party was not "working together", then PNP would not see power.

"Comrades got shot up in the 70s. Put their life on the line for the PNP, and today was a sad day for them because they are wondering, 'Is this what we put our lives on the line for?' Paulwell said, noting that he was not a supporter of tribal politics.

He reminded comrades, too, that the year-old political organisation had "brought the most benefit and the greatest achievement to the country".

" And when we fight like this, what do we say to those who fought to keep us alive in the 70s and 80s and beyond? And why would we want to have half of the party?" he questioned.

While noting that Jamaicans were suffering from challenges such as a rise in oil and gas, Paulwell asserted that a viable Opposition was now important.

" but a viable Opposition will not come about if we are disunited," he lamented.

"The problem why we only have 14 members of parliament today is that our house was not in order. We were disunited, and it started back from about right through to the General Elections where we lost terribly," opined Paulwell.

"We're not going to see the sight of power if this continues. That's the reason why early in the new leadership of Mark Golding I pledged my full support to ensure that we have peace in the party.

"I have said to the party leader, I have said to the officers of the party, I've said to the committee that's now in charge of unity that I, Phillip Paulwell, would leave this party if before the next election there is another [leadership] challenge in the party I made that pledge," he disclosed.

In relation to the Local Government polls, which are due by next year, the former party chairman warned that, "I know if you don't go there [as] a team, dog nyam we supper in the upcoming Local Government Elections."

" And that's the reason why I was quite clear &#; and I thought our party was quite clear [and] the officers of the party were quite clear &#; that we could not sustain another internal election," Paulwell said.

"An internal campaign costs people money, but most importantly, it costs unity, and I thought the entire officer core &#; I know the existing VPs all of them [knew] &#; that we could not [or] should not get back into campaigning internally," he argued.

Paulwell said that the money used for internal campaigning could be better used in a Local Government Election campaign.

"So I am saddened, because we were really working towards consensus. You know me, I believe in peace. 'Blessed are the peacemakers', that has been my mantra over on this platform, but throughout my life," he announced.

Paulwell, in the meantime, confirmed that while himself and the other three senior comrades have resigned, they will not be leaving the Opposition party.

"So yes, we have taken a decision, but we are not leaving this party. The PNP is me, the PNP is in you. We not leaving this party. We gonna continue here. Whatever I can do [and] my colleagues to make sure we do well in the Local Government Elections we gonna do it, but we not gonna bare any malice and cuss anybody. That is not what I am about, and that is not what we are about," he explained.

But, Paulwell, who is also a former PNP vice-president, told comrades that the change the party required depended on them.

"We have to try to get things changed. A lot of it is going to depend on you, our membership, our core supporters, who will have to say, 'Listen, you guys have to get your house in order,'" he suggested.

"It's not a blame game. I am not going to be blaming anyone, but God knows I tried. I wanted to see the party coming together. I wanted to see us being able to get back into power, so that we can continue to provide good policies and programmes for the People's National Party," said Paulwell.

"So, that's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me," he concluded.

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Phillip Paulwell

The Honourable

Phillip Paulwell


In office
6 January &#;– 7 March
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byClive Mullings
Succeeded byAndrew Wheatley


Assumed office
Majority (%)
Born () 14 January (age&#;59)

The Honourable Phillip Paulwell (born 14 January ) is a Jamaican politician. Paulwell is the current Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kingston East and Port Royal and former Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining STEM[1] in the People's National Party administration, which has formed the Government of Jamaica following the party's electoral victory in the December General Elections.

Paulwell is also the sitting President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)[2] and the Chairman of the PNP's Region 3, a position he has held since [3]

Political career[edit]

An attorney-at-law by profession, Paulwell started his political career in as a Senator and Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry Investment and Commerce under the then governing PNP administration.[4]

Representational Politics[edit]

In the General Elections he was elected to the House of Representatives as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kingston East and Port Royal[5] and was appointed to the executive as Minister of Commerce and Technology under the PJ Patterson-led administration. Paulwell again successfully contested the Kingston East and Port Royal constituency in the October General Elections, and was named Minister of Industry, Commerce and Technology.

Although Paulwell was one of 28 PNP candidates to retain a seat in the House of Representatives in the General Elections of , the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), with its seat majority, won the elections and formed the government for the first time in 18 years.[5]

In the December General Elections, the PNP, led by Portia Simpson Miller, won a majority 42 of 62 Parliamentary seats, one of those being the Kingston East and Port Royal seat, which Paulwell won by a landslide, tallying a majority of 8, votes to his opponent's 1,[6] When the Government was formed on 6 January , Paulwell was named Minister of Energy, Mining, Science and Technology.[7]

PNP Elections[edit]

In , Paulwell successfully contested an internal PNP election, for the position of Chairman of the party's Region 3,[3] which encompasses electoral constituencies in the country's capital, Kingston and St Andrew.


OUR and Digicel[edit]

In April , Paulwell, who was at the time the Jamaican Minister of Industry, Commerce and Technology, instructed the Jamaican Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR ) to refrain from interfering with the rates charged for fixed to mobile (FTM) calls. Paulwell personally intervened in March by calling the OUR Director General, Winston Hay, telling him that a fourth telecommunications provider was interested in investing in Jamaica, but would only do so if the FTM rates stayed the same. After Hay refused, Paulwell issued a Direction which restricted the role of the OUR in setting the rates and tariffs on interconnection.[8] It was later reported that Paulwell had only demanded the OUR forgo changing the FTM rates following a complaint from Digicel, after the OUR had directed Digicel to alter its fees.[9]

Following a judicial review, it was ruled that Paulwell had no power to issue the Direction to the OUR, and although Digicel successfully appealed at the Supreme Court, that ruling was overturned after the Court of Appeal ruled that Paulwell's Direction fell outside his ministerial authority and was invalid, and the OUR did not have to comply with it.[9] Digicel's last attempt appeal to the Privy Council was also unsuccessful: the Privy Council again ruled that Paulwell’s Direction was outside his ministerial powers.[10]


Leaked United States Government cables sent from the US Embassy in Kingston on 19 March linked Paulwell to a number of scandals. According to one cable, Paulwell "has been behind the scenes of numerous imbroglios", including the NetServ scandal, the Cement Fiasco, and the Cuban light bulb scandal. The cable goes on to state that "despite all the innuendos, and accusations, Paulwell has never been charged with a crime."[11]


Paulwell was at the centre of a telecoms scandal in , after he noted that the sale of Jamaica's fourth cellular licence would go to a company known as Solutrea Jamaica Limited. Solutrea was to pay approximately US$million for the licence. However, when it became unclear whether Solutrea had paid in the full sum, it emerged that Paulwell had issued the licence without all the required public agencies agreeing to the sale. It was further uncovered that Minnette Palmer, an advisor to Paulwell, owned a company which was a shareholder of Solutrea.[12]

Cuban light bulb scandal[edit]

According to a US diplomatic cable, Paulwell was at the centre of a scandal after it emerged that the Jamaican government had accrued a bill of more the US$ million for the distribution of some four million energy saving fluorescent light bulbs donated by the Government of Cuba to the people of Jamaica. The matter was turned over to the Jamaican Director of Public Prosecutions and the Fraud Squad following allegations that Paulwell, the then-Minister of Energy, Industry and Commerce, and Kern Spencer, then-Minister of State within the Energy Ministry, awarded lucrative contracts for nationwide distribution of the bulbs to two companies which only recently had been incorporated by personal friend or relatives.[13] A government investigation into the affair absolved Paulwell of any wrongdoing.

Cement fiasco[edit]

In , the Jamaica Labour Party moved to censure Paulwell in Parliament over the defective cement fiasco. The fiasco began when the Caribbean Cement Company (CCC) recalled tonnes of faulty product it had released into the market. Paulwell, at the time the industry and commerce minister, was accused of negligence and gross dereliction of duty, and there were calls from the opposition on him to tender his resignation as Minister.[14] One accusation levelled at Paulwell was that, despite recommendations from the Jamaican Bureau of Standards, he had failed to exercise his Ministerial authority to declare that the production of cement must conform to the Bureau's certification programme. Prior to its privatisation in , the CCC was under a certification programme.[15] He was also accused of providing false information and misleading Parliament.[15] A US cable stated that the fiasco nearly crippled the booming construction industry because of severe shortages.[16]


According to a US cable, in , Paulwell was at the centre of a controversial loan to NetServ, an IT firm which subsequently collapsed.[17] Paulwell approved a J$ million loan of public funds to NetServ without matching equity[18] and after a due diligence report raised serious questions about the business conduct of the company's principal, Paul Pereira.[19] NetServ received a J$90 million cheque in to enable it to carry out start-up operations.[19] In February , just before a second payment was due, JAMPRO, the government's investment promotion agency, sent two reports to Paulwell's Ministry and the NIBJ raising concerns about the operations of NetServ and Paul Pereira. However, the Ministry's loan committee still decided to go through with the second payment to the company. Paulwell later admitted that it was an error not to insist that the company put up US$6 million in equity before the National Investment Bank of Jamaica granted it the original loan.[19]


People's National Party

Vice Presidents
General Secretaries
Party alliance
In Government
  • N. Manley ()
  • M. Manley ()
  • M. Manley ()
  • Patterson ()
  • Simpson-Miller ()
  • Simpson-Miller ()
Presidential elections
  • Manley
  • Patterson
  • Simpson-Miller
  • Phillips
  • Golding
Vice President
  • Noel Newton Nethersole
  • P. J. Patterson
  • Portia Simpson-Miller ()
  • Karl Blythe
  • Angela Brown-Burke, Fenton Ferguson, Derrick Kellier, Peter Phillips
  • Angela Brown-Burke, Noel Arscott, Fenton Ferguson, Derrick Kellier
  • Fenton Ferguson, Wykeham McNeill, Noel Arscott, Angela Brown-Burke
  • Damion Crawford, Mikael Phillips, Wykeham McNeill, Phillip Paulwell
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