The Papua New Guinea Customs Service has a new head of Administration. He is 45 year old David Towe, who was appointed to the top post in October 2020 by the PNG Government.

He replaces Ray Paul, who had been at the helm of PNG Customs from 2012-2020.

Chief Commissioner David Towe possesses a Masters of International Customs Law and Administration attained from the University of Canberra in Australia and hails from Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.

The new Chief Commissioner comes from the private sector to assume his new role but he is actually no stranger to Customs.

In 2001, he joined the then Internal Revenue Commission (which Customs was a part of with PNG’s taxation Department) as an Excise Taxation Research Officer.

He spent a total of 9 years in Customs, in that time, rising to become Deputy Commissioner for Trade and Corporate Service before pursuing further studies and eventually a career in the private sector.