Patrick Yaw Nimo is the Chief Director of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He was appointed to the position on 4th March, 2019, and currently supports the implementation of the Ministry’s Industrial Transformation programmes.
He is a Management Consultant with over 25 years of experience in private practice, specialising in development policy and programme management services to government and its development corporation partners, designed to enhance private sector development, trade capacity building, industrial policy and entrepreneurship development. He had led Technical teams in Ghana and Missions fielded to other foreign countries to implement consulting assignments for multilateral agencies and bilateral development corporation partners including UNDP, World Bank, UNCTAD, International Trade Centre (ITC-Geneva), DFID, DANIDA and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Mr. Nimo holds a Masters Degree in Development Planning and Management from the Centre for Development Studies, Swansea College of the University of Wales (now Swansea University), and a Diploma in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
He began his career at GRATIS Foundation, working as a Publications and Research Officer from 1990 to 1995 and at Empretec Ghana Foundation as Clients Services Manager from 1995 to 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Regional Programmes Coordinator for the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) responsible for overseeing entrepreneurship initiatives funded by UNDP in East and Southern Africa under the UNDP Enterprise Africa Project which was completed at the of 2005.
Mr. Nimo’s consulting relationship with the Ministry of Trade and Industry began as the National Coordinator of Ghana’s Trade Sector Support Programme from 2006 to 2010. In this capacity, he coordinated technical support for sector MDAs, business associations and project teams on trade facilitation, export development, industrial and investment facilitation, SME development, standards, intellectual property rights and other legal and regulatory reform initiatives.
Mr. Nimo has served in other important advisory capacities, including as an Advisor on M&E to the Head of Trade and Pro-poor Programmes at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, member of UNCTAD team responsible for drafting the National Entrepreneurship Policy and Action Plan for The Gambia, a member of the Advisory Board of Enterprise South (Tshwane Project), Tshwane City Metropolitan Authority, South Africa, and more recently until assuming the Ag. Chief Director position at the Ministry of Trade and Industry