Date: Wednesday 18th April
Time: 16.00 – 17.00 followed by networking
Venue: British Expertise, 23 Grafton St, Mayfair, London W1S 4EY
On Wednesday 18th April, in collaboration with our event partners British Expertise, we held a roundtable meeting with Dr Paul Oquist, Minister for National Policies; Member of the Government Cabinet for Finance and Foreign Trade; Private Secretary of the President of the Republic of Nicaragua, Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra; President’s Special Envoy for Foreign Trade, Finance and Investment; Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Nicaraguan Grand Interoceanic Canal; and Chair of the Green Climate Fund Board.
Minister Oquist presented on a wide portfolio of project opportunities for British companies and investors in a number of sectors including Infrastructure, Renewable and Traditional Energy, Tourism, Transport, Free Trade Zones, Agribusinesses, Forestry, Water and Sanitation, Transport, Technology and Innovation. This portfolio had a strong focus on smart, sustainable, carbon neutral city/region and infrastructure project development.
All of these projects are particularly relevant considering the extensive funds in new lines of credit recently awarded to the government of Nicaragua by the IDB, World Bank, IMF and CABEI, for development and execution of projects on these sectors. Please find Minister Oquist’s full biography below.
Following the presentation, attendees had the opportunity to put their questions to Minister Oquist. There was also time set aside for networking following the event.
Dr. Paul Oquist Kelley is Minister for National Policies; Member of the Government Cabinet for Finance and Foreign Trade; Private Secretary of the President of the Republic of Nicaragua, Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra; President’s Special Envoy for Foreign Trade, Finance and Investment; Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Nicaraguan Grand Interoceanic Canal; Co-Chair of the Green Climate Fund Board.
In his capacity, Minister Dr. Oquist oversees a large agenda of policies and projects across Foreign Trade and Investment, Finance and Development, Environment and Climate Change, Infrastructure, Technology and Innovation, Energy, Agricultural. Forestry and Rural Affairs.
In recent years, Minister Dr. Oquist has held positions representing Nicaragua, and the Latin American and Caribbean Group of Countries, in United Nations and other organizations, in instances related to finance, development and the fight against climate change.
This year Minister Dr. Oquist was elected Co-Chair of the Green Climate Fund Board. He is also a member and represents the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Standing Committee on Finance, and represented developing countries on the Executive Committee of the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. Dr. Oquist was also a two-term member of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and he has been Head of Delegation to the Climate Change Conference of Parties for Nicaragua since COP 15 in Copenhagen.
Minister Dr. Oquist was Senior Advisor to the President of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly, and in this capacity the President appointed him Chief Negotiator of the Accord on Financing for Development, held in Doha in December 2008, and Coordinator of the United Nations Summit Conference on the Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development, held in June 2009 in New York. Dr. Oquist was Regional Expert on Governance for the Asia Division of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) based in Islamabad, Pakistan (1998-2006). He was Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP Management Program in Mongolia (1993-1998), and Director of UNDP Public Administration Projects in Quito, Ecuador (1975-1979). He has also been a consultant for UNDP and UNICEF at the highest levels of government in Colombia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Philippines.
In 1965, he obtained his Bachelor in Political Science at the University of California. In 1967, he obtained his Postgraduate in the Latin American School of Political Science and Public Administration, in the Latin American Department of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Santiago, Chile. In 1968, he earned his Master degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, California, and in 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, California. His doctoral dissertation “Violence, Conflict and Politics in Colombia” was published in Spanish and English.