TIPS is a not-for-profit economic research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. TIPS has three main focus areas: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion. TIPS undertakes research and analysis, and facilitates policy development, dialogue and capacity building.

The Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy. Fourth Quarter 2018 is now out.

TIPS Import Tracker

The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. Fourth Quarter 2018 is now out.

TIPS FDI Tracker

FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment projects.

Manufacturing Subsectors

Notes on the main manufacturing subsectors in South Africa.

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The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker measures investment by manufacturing enterprises in property, plant and equipment, research and development, and human capital. TIPS and the Manufacturing Circle are collaborating to share insights from the quarterly survey results.

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Training Workshops 2019

  • Value chain strategies for local and provincial development
    Economic development at the subnational level must generally leverage national and global value chains as sources of inputs, technologies and markets. The course is aimed at empowering provincial and local government officials to identifyopportunities arising out of national and international value chains, and to develop measures to take advantage of them in ways that are…
  • Research methods
    The training in research methods will give insights into managing research projects, understanding the different approaches that can be used, and when to use the different approaches to manage or undertake research. FACILITATOR: Dr Myriam Velia DURATION: 29-31 July 2019 (3 days) COST: R8 000 (VAT incl) per participant For more information download…

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Vacancy: Internship

    TIPS is offering an intern position for six months starting in August 2019. This is open to recently or about to graduate Master's students. Closing date for applications is 7 June 2019. For more about the position and how to apply see Intern Position.

  • The Real Economy Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2018

    The bulletin is a review of quarterly trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries. Briefing notes in this issue are on The 2019 budget and industrialisation; and Unlocking the potential of renewable energy for public sector and communities. See The Real Economy Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2018.

  • TIPS Import Tracker - Q4 2018

    The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. It provides an overview of import patterns and look at the causes of surges in manufacturing imports, and their likely impact on industry. Quarter 4, 2018 is now available. Import Tracker Q4 2018

  • TIPS training programme for 2019

    TIPS training programme for 2019 includes Trade Policy and Practice; Value Chain Strategies; Industrial Policy for South Africa; Macroeconomics for Policymakers; and the Green Economy and Industrial Policy. For more go to Training Workshops.

Policy Briefs

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Working at TIPS

TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent.

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  • Vacancy: Internship
    TIPS has one internship opportunity available for recently or about to graduate Master's students. The aim of the internship is…

Small Grant Research Papers

TIPS offers small research grants of up to R16 500 to students in South Africa at the Masters level. Students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

Economic Conferences

In addition to planning the Annual Forum, the TIPS Event Management Team can also be commissioned to plan and manage external economic conferences and events.