Prakash Chandra Lohani

Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani (Nepali: डा .प्रकाशचन्द्र लोहनी) (born 21 April 1944)[1] is a Nepalese politician, economist and member of the ARPPR.[2]

Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani
डा.प्रकाशचन्द्र लोहनी
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In a program of Himalaya Television
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Preceded byRabindra Nath Sharma
Succeeded byKamal Thapa
In office
Preceded byMadhav Kumar Nepal
Succeeded byRabindra Nath Sharma
Personal details
Born (1944-04-21) 21 April 1944 (age 79)
Political partyRastriya Prajatantra Party
Residence(s)Kathmandu, Nepal

He has served as a Minister of Finance,[3] Minister of Foreign Affairs,[4] Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Labour & Transportation, and Minister of Housing & Physical Planning in governments formed during the panchayat era and in governments formed after the restoration of multi-party democracy.


Lohani was appointed Minister of Finance of Nepal in July 1983 and June 2003. During his tenure as the Finance Minister, for the first time in Nepal, he initiated the process of financial liberalization by introducing policies in favor of privatization of public enterprises. Growth in Nepal's financial market, especially the emergence of banking sectors, financial institutions can be attributed to the policies enacted by him during his tenure as a finance minister. Nepal's first joint venture backed bank, Nepal Arab Bank Limited (now Nabil Bank), was established during his tenure.

Lohani along with his love toward politics, has a keen interest in finance and economics. He has shared his ideas and views at various national and international forums such Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC,[5] (chairman) 41st session of the ESCAP in Bangkok and (chairman) Nepal Aid Group meeting in 2004. Dr. Lohani has also published papers in prestigious journals like the University of Chicago Journal of Political Economy.[6]

He was a Fulbright scholar[7] who taught as an assistant professor of finance at the California State University, Northridge, California, US (1968–1969).[8] Dr. Lohani has an MBA degree from Indiana University and PhD from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Lohani was a member of Nepal's historic erstwhile Constituent Assembly, which had been tasked with drafting a new constitution. At present Lohani is the chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party.


  1. ^ Profile of Prakash Chandra Lohani
  2. ^ Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2017. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Finance Minister" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-02-22. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  4. ^ "Foreign Minister". Archived from the original on 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  5. ^ "Woodrow". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  6. ^ Lohani, Prakash; Thompson, Earl A. (1971). "Article". Journal of Political Economy. 79 (5): 962–982. doi:10.1086/259809. JSTOR 1830267. S2CID 153481869.
  7. ^ "Fulbright Nepalis". Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  8. ^ "Faculty And Staff". Retrieved 2019-05-10.