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Rick Houenipwela

Rick Houenipwela

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The Right Honourable
Rick Houenipwela
MP
 Rick Houenipwela
12th Prime Minister of Solomon Islands
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 November 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Frank Kabui
Preceded by Manasseh Sogavare
Minister for Finance
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 November 2011
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo
Preceded by Gordon Darcy Lilo
Minister for Public Service
In office
18 April 2011 – 10 November 2011
Prime Minister Danny Philip
Preceded by Stanley Sofu
Succeeded by Alfred Ghiro
Member of Parliament
for Small Malaita
Incumbent
Assumed office
4 August 2010
Preceded by William Nii Haomae
Personal details
Born 8 August 1958 (age 59)
Political party Democratic Party

His education is on Economy and he has a Bachelor’s decree in Accounting, and served as governor of Solomon Islands Central Bank for more than 15 years before becoming Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the World Bank, and then going into politics.

The Solomon Times described him as “one of the key public figures in the Solomon Islands whose credibility is intact, if not enhanced, after resisting corruption and several attempts by fraudsters to bankrupt the nation during the ethnic conflict of the early 2000s.

Man of the Year

Islands Business, The Magazin from Solomon Islands named him Man of the Year for the Pacific region in 2003, at a time when he was Governor of the Central Bank. ABC Radio’s Sean Dorney described him in 2011 as a critic of excessive exploitation of the country’s forests, a modest man who had shown strength  over the years in standing up to those who have exploited the country.

He took a courageous stand in defending the Central Bank from extortion in the face of considerable intimidation from those with the guns during the worst of the ethnic tensions.

Rick Hou Career Begins

His career in national politics began when he was elected to Parliament as the member for Small Malaita in the August 2010 general election, standing as a member of the Democratic Party. Party leader Steve Abana became Leader of the Opposition and appointed Houenipwela Shadow Minister for Finance and the Treasury. In early April 2011, having been ousted from the leadership of the Opposition, Abana defected to Prime Minister Danny Philip’s government, bringing with him several members of the Opposition, including Houenipwela. The latter was appointed Minister for Public Service.

In early November 2011, several ministers joined or rejoined the Opposition, ultimately bringing down the government. On November 9, three ministers returned to the Opposition. The following day, Rick Hou joined them, and the day after that Philip sacked Finance Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo, reportedly for conspiring with the Opposition. Hours later, Philip announced his own resignation, as he clearly no longer had the numbers with which to govern.

On November 16, Parliament chose Lilo to replace him.  Lilo appointed Hou as his Minister for Finance. Upon his appointment, Houenipwela told the Solomon Star he would seek to exempt low paid workers from paying tax, while alsolower[ing] the tax rates to enable companies to be profitable. There would be increased government support and investment in productive sectors, including agriculture, tourism and fisheries.

In April 2015, he took a stand in Parliament against members of Parliament being exempted from paying income tax. He stated that he would refuse his own tax exemption.

15 November 2017 he became Solomon Islands Prime Minister.

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