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Co-founder & Chairman

Mr. Chandra Prasad Dhakal is the President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), the apex body of the private sector in Nepal.

Co-founder & Chairman

Mr. Dhakal, is the first generation serial entrepreneur of Nepal. He and his brother Hem Raj Dhakal co-founded the IME conglomerate of businesses.

He is also Chairman of the IME Group, leading more than two dozen enterprises in various sectors, including banking, remittance, energy, tourism (Cable Car, Five Star Resorts, Theme parks) automobile, insurance, information technology, and infotainment, among others.


At present, the IME Group, under Mr Dhakal’s leadership, has generated more than 25,000 job opportunities both directly and indirectly. Mr Dhakal embarked on his business journey with a small-scale grocery store in 1984/85. In 1996, he initiated a cargo and international freight forwarding management company, Mt. Pumori Air Cargo Pvt. Ltd and CM Trading Company.

Mr Dhakal has significantly contributed to formalising and institutionalising remittance inflow in Nepal. His visionary leadership has not only enabled widespread financial access even in remote areas but also connected people globally through a digital wallet – IME Pay, establishing IME as a catalyst for socio-economic transformation in Nepal.

Later, in 2001, he founded IME Remit, the first remittance company in Nepal, with a vision to establish a formal, secure, and fast method for facilitating cross-border money transfers. Starting as a daring venture in a single room, IME has grown to become an industry pioneer and leader, continuing its legacy as one of the most recognised and trusted names in the remittance industry.

With the intention to develop at least one large infrastructure in each province, the IME Group is diligently working on constructing cable cars in all provinces to promote tourism and hospitality in the country.

Additionally, as the chairman of Global IME Bank, he has successfully orchestrated the merger and acquisition of five commercial banks, ten development banks, and six finance institutions, transforming Global IME Bank into the largest bank in the country.

Besides contributing to the national economy, the IME Group has been equally active in philanthropy, building a solid foundation for education and primary healthcare, especially for economically underprivileged children from all around the country through the IME Foundation, a CSR initiative. Despite the chaos and panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IME Foundation remained at the forefront, offering humanitarian services both within and outside the country.

Furthermore, he has been awarded the ‘Commercially Important Person Award – CIP’ by the Government of Nepal on numerous occasions. Similarly, IME has been recognised with the ‘Largest Taxpayer Award’ for four consecutive years, based on Nepal’s highest tax paid among remittance businesses.

He was also honoured by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Republic of Indonesia, for his contributions to the rescue and relief efforts during the 2015 earthquake. Mr. Dhakal has served as Nepal’s Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia since 2010.
Mr Dhakal has received several prestigious awards, including ‘Sukritimaya Rastradeep’, ‘Prabal Janasewashree (Fourth)’, and ‘Gorkha Dakshin Bahu IV’, conferred upon him by the Government of Nepal for his contributions to the economic growth and prosperity of the country.

Key Roles


Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)


  • IME Group: A business conglomerate with a wide array of investment portfolios
  • Global IME Bank Limited, Nepal: An “A” class commercial bank in Nepal
  • IME Ltd.: The leading remittance company in Nepal and recipient of the CIP Award
  • Middle Kaligandaki Hydropower Ltd.
  • Tiplyang Kaligandaki Hydropower Ltd.
  • Lumbini Cable Car Ltd.
  • Maulakali Cable Car Ltd.
  • Sikless Cable Car Ltd.
  • Jalpadevi Cable Car Ltd.
  • Pathivara Cable Car Ltd.

Honorary Consul

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Kathmandu

Board Member

Social Security Fund (SSF), Ministry of Labour, Employment & Social Security


Think Tank Group of Tourism Experts, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation

Global IME Bank Limited
Global IME Bank is one of the ‘A’ class commercial banks of Nepal having one of the largest networks among the private commercial banks of the country established in 2007 with 288 branches, 259 ATM and 275 branchless banking services, 51 revenue collection and extension counters and 3 International Representative Offices. It opened its representative office in Sydney, Australia in 2015 and in New Delhi, India in 2016. Apart from offering commercial services to its customer, the bank also handles government transactions.
IME Ltd.
IME is the leading remittance company in Nepal. IME’s network spans across the globe and has an extended network of over 150,000 payout locations worldwide. IME received the CIP Award in 2014 for bringing in the largest amount of foreign currencies to Nepal.
IME Travels and Tours Pvt. Ltd.
IME Travels and Tours, previously known as Across Travels and Tours, was established in 1996 and has an extensive experience in the travel services that range from air ticketing to selling tour packages. It has acquired Salam Air’s General Sales Agent (GSA) for Nepal.
Mount Pumori Air Cargo Pvt. Ltd.
Mount Pumori Air Cargo is one of the most trusted freight forwarders of Nepal and has been offering air cargo delivery services to most of the cities of the world.
C.M. Trading Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
C.M. Trading Enterprises is in the trade business.
IME Motors Pvt. Ltd.
IME Motors has acquired the authorized distributorship status of Ashok Leyland vehicles for Nepal. Ashok Leyland is the second largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India and the 4th largest manufacturer of the buses in the world and 16th largest manufactures of trucks globally.
IME Automotives Pvt. Ltd.
IME Automotives has acquired the authorized distributorship of Escorts Construction Equipment for Nepal. IME Automotives has been supplying heavy construction equipment like cranes, backhoe loader, compaction equipment. It is also the sole distributor of Harley Davidson, an American Motorbike, in Nepal.
Chandragiri Hills Ltd/ Cable Cars
Chandragiri Hills has been established as an integrated tourist destination in the capital city of Nepal. It has constructed a theme park with cable car, a boutique resort, conference hall, view tower, branded shop,Zipline and play area for kids. It has been a must visit place for the international and domestic tourists who come to Kathmandu. Currently, work in progress on cablecars i.e, Lumbini Cable Car, Maulakali Cable Car, Sikless Cable Car, Jalpadevi Cable Car and Pathivara Cable Car.