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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 institutions.

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, harmonizing data requirements and digitization of business process of 44 regulatory agencies as per NSW environment.