Mr. Purushottam Ojha

Former Secretary for Commerce, Nepal

Mr. Purushottam Ojha started his career in the Nepal Administration Service of the Government of Nepal since November 1979 as Section Officer and gradually moved up the career ladder as Under Secretary in December 1989; Joint Secretary in March 1997; Acting Secretary in April 2007 and to the position of Permanent Secretary in October 2007.
Mr. Ojha served for almost 14 years in the Ministry of Commerce in the senior positions of Joint Secretary and Secretary and contributed as well as mentored the team of expert in formulation of Trade Policy-2009 and the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy-2010. Mr. Ojha also led the Nepalese team in the bilateral negotiations with India, Bangladesh, China and United States of America. He also took lead in negotiating the bilateral trade and transit agreements with India and the preferential trade agreements with China and Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with USA and also the Nepalese delegations in the Committee of Expert (COE) of SAFTA.
Mr. Ojha holds Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University of Nepal. He has participated in several international training courses related with trade, transport and trade facilitation including the Trade Policy course at Harvard Kennedy School, at Boston. Mr. Ojha is also a prolific writer on the economic issues, particularly on trade, transit, transport and investment and authored numerous Articles and Research Papers, also published in the local Journal and Newspapers as well as in the international journals.
After his retirement from the government service, Mr. Ojha is working as a freelance consultant in the areas of trade, transit, investment, private sector and institutional development. He is also working as Senior Consultant to South Asian Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) Nepal.


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