Peter Murcott Bunting

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Honourable
Peter Bunting
MP
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National Security Minister
In office
5 January 2012 – February 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Patrick Allen
Preceded by Hon. Dwight Nelson
Succeeded by Hon.Robert"Bobby" Montague
Personal details
Born Peter Murcott Bunting
(1960-09-07) 7 September 1960 (age 56)
Clarendon, Jamaica
Political party People's National Party
Alma mater McGill University & University of Florida

Peter Murcott Bunting, MP (born 7 September 1960) is the fifth National Security Minister of Jamaica [1] (Jan 2012 - Feb 2016) and the Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Central Manchester. Bunting was the General Secretary of the People's National Party, a position which he has held from January 2008 to January 2014.[citation needed]

In 1992, he co-founded Jamaica's first private sector investment banking firm, Dehring, Bunting and Golding (now Scotia Investments).[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bunting was born 7 September 1960 in a rural district in Clarendon, Jamaica to farmers, Juan and Pauline Bunting. He attended Campion College (1971-1979), an acclaimed high school in Kingston, Jamaica. After completing high school, Bunting undertook undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Canada (1983), where he received the James McGill Award and the Quebec Iron and Titanium Scholarship for academic achievement. Two years later, he earned a MBA in Finance from the University of Florida, where he was conferred the esteemed title of a Matherly Scholar.[citation needed]

Early Professional Career[edit]

As a young MBA graduate, Bunting gained employment at Citibank (1985-1987), where he worked first as an Accounting Officer of the Corporate Banking Group and then as Manager of Specialized Finance. The business prowess with which he operated attracted the attention of prominent Jamaican businessmen O.K. Melhado and Clifton Cameron, who recruited him in 1988 to establish Manufacturers’ Merchant Bank (MMB).[3] Bunting headed the MMB as Chief Executive Officer, and through his strategic direction, along with the support from other creditable bankers, MMB became the largest independent merchant bank in Jamaica. Known today as Pan Caribbean Investment Services, MMB continued to grow and posted profits. In 1990, Bunting took a hiatus from banking to undertake a political career.[citation needed]

Political Life[edit]

Bunting was hired as personal advisor to then Prime Minister, The Rt Hon. Michael Manley in 1990. Following from his post as advisor, he was appointed CEO of the National Investment Bank of Jamaica, now known as Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

The Establishment of Dehring, Bunting and Golding (DB&G) Ltd.[edit]

An investment banker by profession, Bunting returned to banking. This time he would collaborate with two long-time friends, Christopher Dehring and Mark Golding, to establish Jamaica’s first private sector investment banking firm, Dehring, Bunting and Golding (now Scotia Investments) in 1992. DB&G gained monumental success, catapulting itself to being one of the most reputable banks in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The investment house gained a reputation for progressiveness and innovation and gained widespread consumer confidence. Under Bunting’s stewardship, DB&G went on to win awards on the Jamaica Stock Exchange for being the best performing company in 2005 and 2006 then later the Governor General’s Award for excellence in 2006. Achieving sustained success, DB&G attracted the attention of one of Jamaica’s most profitable commercial banks, the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS). The principals of DB&G and BNS later came to an agreement in 2006, which saw BNS acquiring DB&G, renaming it Scotia DBG, and later Scotia Investments.[citation needed]

Representational Politics[edit]

Bunting’s desire to serve the Jamaican populous in a more meaningful way, led to his return to politics. This time however, saw him representing the People’s National Party (PNP)in the 1993 General Elections for the South East Clarendon constituency. Although traditionally a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) stronghold, Bunting won the seat, ousting JLP candidate and former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Hugh Shearer. He served as Member of Parliament until 1996; after which he reverted to his career in banking to take up the lead role in DB&G.[citation needed]

Launch of Proven Investment Limited[edit]

In 2010, Bunting re-entered the financial services sector to launch Proven Investments Limited, an investment company with a portfolio of regional and international securities. Bunting served as Chairman of the Board, which subsequently acquired Guardian Asset Management and was renamed Proven Wealth Limited (PWL). Bunting resigned his position after being sworn in as Jamaica’s Minister of National Security in January 2012.[citation needed]

Minister of National Security[edit]

Peter Bunting was appointed Minister of National Security on 6 January 2012. Since his assignment, the Minister has embarked on a strategic programme of policy reform at the Ministry, as a response to Jamaica’s existing and potential national security challenges.[citation needed]

National Security is familiar territory for Minister Bunting, as prior to assuming duties as Minister, he served in the capacity of Opposition Spokesman on National Security, a position he held from 2008. During his tenure as Opposition Spokesman, he actively participated in the National Security Council, where he was vocal on the many issues compromising the country’s national security. He also played an instrumental role in the Bi-partisan Working Group established to develop a framework for the Police Management Authority (PMA).[citation needed]

As Opposition Spokesman he was also an active opponent of the death penalty, an issue on which he has presented in Parliament. He was also a lead agitator of the no confidence motion brought against then Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, after his integrity was brought into question based on his handling of the Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke extradition case.[citation needed]

Public Sector Involvement[edit]

In addition to his role in representational politics, Bunting has served many public sector bodies in varying capacities. He has served as Chairman for the National Water Commission, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, President and CEO of the National Investment Bank of Jamaica, and Chairman of JAMPRO. As General Secretary, healso represents the Party as a Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (2008 to present).[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry of National Security, Jamaica". Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ The Man who one day could be Jamaica’s Prime Minister. Retrieved from : http://onecarib.com/index.php/view_personality/peter_bunting/
  3. ^ The Man who one day could be Jamaica’s Prime Minister. Retrieved from : http://onecarib.com/index.php/view_personality/peter_bunting/