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Salamat Ali


Dr. Salamat Ali is an international trade economist with more than 15 years of experience in
regulating international trade, supervising Customs operations, managing technical assistance
projects, implementing trade facilitation schemes and conducting data-driven and policy-
oriented research work. He graduated from Michigan State University and later completed
MPA in Public Policy and Management from the London School of Economics and a PhD in
International Economics at the University of Nottingham.

His professional and research interests concentrate on trade costs, trade policy analysis, non-
tariff measures, and the impact of trade facilitation measures on economic growth in
developing countries. He was lead author of Commonwealth Secretariat’s first-ever flagship
report on International Trade, which was launched in the heads of government’s meeting in
Malta in 2015. Moreover, he has published several academic articles in leading peer-
reviewed journals including the World Economy and Journal of Development Studies. These
studies mainly focus on behaviour of Pakistan’s firms, trade costs along the supply chain and
exchange rate effect in agriculture. He has completed numerous consultancy assignments
with International Growth Centre (IGC) London, CUTS International, Geneva, and World
Trade Advisers, Pakistan and delivered presentations at various events of multilateral

Currently Dr. Salamat is leading the development of trade-related National Single Window in
Pakistan. In this role has is managing teams of consultants and development partners for re-
engineering of trade-related business processes, harmonising data requirements and
digitisation of business process of 44 regulatory agencies as per NSW environment.