Dr. the Honourable Peter David Phillips is currently the Minister of Finance and Planning. He has had a distinguished career in government, politics and academia. Dr. Phillips has served in a number of ministerial capacities, including Minister of National Security, a position which he held for six years.
During his tenure as Minister of National Security, Dr. Phillips had significant success in reducing illegal narcotic flows through Jamaica and led a reform effort for Jamaica’s Security Forces.
Prior to that, he was Minister of Transport and Works from 1998 to 2001, where he was responsible for the reorganizing the transport system in the corporate area and in the rehabilitation and improvement of the road network across the island.
Dr. Phillips also served as Minister of Health between 1995 and 1997, Minister of Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994, and Senator and Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister between 1989 and 1991.
A graduate of Jamaica College, Dr. Peter Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Government from the University of the West Indies.
He also completed doctoral studies in International Political Economy at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he is a Ford Foundation Fellow. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar and has done scholarly work at the University of Florida at Gainesville.