Mr. Suhel Ahmed Choudhury son of M.R. Choudhury and Fahima Khatun was born in May 1946. He completed Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of Dhaka, 1967.


Mr. Choudhury, Ex-Commerce Secretary of Bangladesh, from March 200l to May 2004. Retired from government service on 27 May, 2004. Ex-Chairman Janata Bank 2007-2010.


As Commerce Secretary he dealt with important trade and commerce related issues, world trade issues including Multilateral Trade Negotiations:


(i) Helped formulation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) position with regards to UNLDC Conference in Brussels (May -2001) and WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha (November-2001) and Cancun (September-2003).


(ii) Had overall responsibility for organizing 2nd LDC Trade Ministers Meeting in Dhaka (31st May- 2nd June, 2003) which adopted the Dhaka Declaration.


He was responsible for the overall export development of the country, some of which are as follows :

(a) Finalizing regional and bilateral trade policy issues including, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) such as SAFTA, BIMSTEC and APTA (Bangkok Agreement) and bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka etc.

(b) Supervised the Bangladesh Export Development project financed by the World Bank (WB) and GoB. As the Chair of the Steering Committee of the $49 million project, implementation, monitoring and supervision were the prime responsibilities.


Earlier as the Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, chaired several meetings with the German and Netherlands teams for financing development projects of the Chittagong and Mongla sea ports.


Prior to this, he was the DG of NGO Affairs Bureau, dealing with coordination of NGO activities in Bangladesh. NGOs were encouraged to reduce administrative costs. Simultaneously, he served as Member Secretary of the Government NGO Consultative Council (GNCC).


Attended the following training courses and seminar:

(i) Training course organized by the USDA Graduate School in Washington (February 1994-March, 1994) on Financial Engineering.

(ii) Attended program organized by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1978 in New Zealand.

(iii) Seminars organized by Singapore Cooperation Program in Singapore and ITC, Geneva in 2003.

(iv) Between 1981s to 2001, attended several seminars/workshop on Rural Poverty Alleviation, Rural Development, NGO Coordination, Global Environment Facility, GSP, Export Promotion etc.