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Amitendu Palit

Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow and Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore. He is an economist specializing in international trade, political economy and comparative economic studies. He was earlier an Adviser in India’s Ministry of Finance. He’s a columnist for India’s Financial Express, contributor for China Daily, and an expert commentator for Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, BBC and CNBC. He combines academic expertise with long experience of public policy practice and extensive exposure to media. He is one of the topmost experts in combining economic, political and strategic understanding of the region and India.

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I’m an economist specializing in comparative economic studies, international trade and investment, political economy and public policies. My specific areas of work include regional trade agreements and trade policies, regional geo-political and economic issues including connectivity schemes like the Belt and Road, political economy of China and India and economic policies and regulations in India. I’ve been working with the ISAS in the National University of Singapore since 28 April 2008. Currently I head the trade and economic policy programme out here. Prior to shifting to my current career in academic research, I was a civil servant in Indaa for more than fifteen years, nearly ten of which were in the Ministry of Finance. I have a wide range of academic publications that include books like ‘The Trans Pacific Partnership, China and India: Economic and Political Implications’ (2014; Routledge), ‘China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration’ (2011; Routledge) and ‘Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities’ (2008; Anthem Press; Co-authored) and journal articles. I have a very active media presence including being a columnist for India’s ‘Financial Express’, contributor for China Daily, Business Times and the East Asia Forum and a commentator for BBC, Bloomberg News, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Doordarshan (India) and the All-India Radio. As an expert on regional affairs and India, I am able to help all mentees looking for guidance on regional economic, geo-political and strategic issues, as well as all interests pertaining to the Indian economy and politics.

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