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Amitendu Palit

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

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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Education: Jawaharlal Nehru University - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), International Economics Presidency College - Master of Science (MSc), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Economics

Languages: English, Bengali and Hindi

3 Publications: * New Regional Trade Architectures: Implications for LDCs and Small States - Sep 2014 - Commonwealth Secretariat This paper examines some of the implications for least developed countries (LDCs) and small and vulnerable economies (SVEs) of two major upcoming regional trade agreements (RTAs) – the Trans-Pacifi c Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). After identifying the current trade linkages of LDCs and SVEs with the members of these two RTAs, the paper specifi es the issues that LDCs need to recognise with respect to the prospects of their market access vis-à-vis the two RTAs. It then proceeds to discuss the key elements of future strategic negotiations of LDCs and SVEs with these upcoming RTAs in a larger context and their policies for building preparedness. The paper concludes by discussing the political economy of the emerging world trade order as infl uenced by the new RTAs and outlines the contours of global trade outlook and the possibility of poor and small economies integrating deeper with world trade. * The Trans Pacific Partnership, China and India: Economic and Political Implications - Jun 2014 - Routledge, UK This book sheds light on how China and India's entries in the TPP are mutually beneficial and how both countries can gain from the TPP by gaining preferential access to large markets and using it as an opportunity for introducing more outward-oriented reforms. The book also cautions that US must reconcile to the rebalancing of economic power within the grouping that will occur following the entries of China and India. Otherwise, the TPP and China and India might walk divergent paths and trade and regional integration in Asia-Pacific may not ever converge. This book will interest anyone who wishes to learn more about the TPP and its future implications and challenges and China and India's roles in global and regional trade. * The Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI): Why India is Worried, What China Can Do - Global Policy Journal, FPI, SAIS Johns Hopkins University

Current Company: Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Current Position: Trade, Development, Political Economy and Policy Studies Expert

Experience Description: * Senior Research Fellow & Research Lead (Trade and Economic Policy) - Institute of South Asian Studies - National University of Singapore * Head (Partnership & Programme) and Senior Research Fellow - Institute of South Asian Studies - National University of Singapore * Depute Economic Adviser - Department of Economic Affairs - Ministry of Finance, India * Adviser - Miinistry of Finance, 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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