Development Dialogue Seminars

The Development Dialogue Seminar is a seminar series hosted by TIPS. The seminars offer a platform to share views and ideas on specific development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Though the seminar programme has been designed for government officials for whom the themes tackled are of relevance, the seminars fact focuses on a wide range of topical development issues. The themes covered span the informal economy to specific trade negotiation challenges. The seminars also attempts to offer perspectives from other countries in the region and beyond.

Who can attend?

Government officials and others who contribute to policy are targeted by the seminar series but all are welcome, though places are limited.

If you would like to attend please contact Rozale Sewduth at rozale@tips.org.za. Please specify food allergies if any, as a light lunch will be served prior to the seminar.

  • Date Tuesday, 17 February 2015
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Sithembiso Mtanga, Assistant Programme Manager: Trade and Industry, TIPS
This presentation will explore the role of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) in Investment Promotion for South Africa and rest of the world. Recent global trends have indicated a decline in the ratification of new BITs with a number of countries (including South Africa) reviewing and cancelling treaties that have been…

  • Date Monday, 16 February 2015
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Jamie Simpson
ABOUT THE SPEAKER Jamie Simpson is an economic and management consultant with 25 years experience related to port planning, infrastructure investment and city-region economic development. He has extensive experience as a Project Director/Manager leading major projects and working with governments and senior executives on strategic planning, investment plans and economic…

  • Date Tuesday, 02 September 2014
During the upcoming APORDE 2014 a series of public evening seminars will be held:   1. Taking Inequality Analysis beyond the Gini Co-efficient Speaker: Gabriel Palma Date: Tuesday 2 September 2014 Time: From 19h00 (refreshments from 18:30) Venue: IDC conference centre,  Co-host: IDC   RSVP: lorrainep@idc.co.za   2. African Development…

  • Date Thursday, 02 October 2014
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Saliem Fakir, Head of Living Planet Unit, World Wildlife Fund South Africa
The presentation will explore the viability of shale gas in South Africa from an economic lens. By focusing on issues such as geology, decline rates and breakeven costs of wells and exploring the relationship between gas prices and cash-flows, the presentation will seek to answer the core question of whether…

  • Date Thursday, 04 September 2014
  • Venue SEBS seminar suite, 1st Floor ???????? New Commerce Building, West Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
  Alice Amsden Memorial Lecture Speaker – Professor Stephanie Seguino How Economies Grow: Alice Amsden and the  Real World Economics of Late Industrialisation 4 September 2014 - 18:30 for 19:00 (light dinner served)   ABOUT THE SPEAKER Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA; Professorial Research Associate…

  • Date Tuesday, 22 July 2014
  • Main Speakers Dinga Fatman, Economist at TIPS
TIPS recently completed a study investigating the impact of the controversial Eskom electricity supply agreement with Aluminium mining conglomerate BHP Billiton using a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) methodology to assess the costs and benefits to society of cancelling the special pricing agreement (SPA) that Eskom has with BHP Billiton. The CBA considered…

  • Date Friday, 04 July 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
TIPS recently completed a study investigating how South Africa can improve the strategic use of its technical infrastructure (which include SABS, NMISA, SANAS, and NRCS) in a way that maximises enforcement by creating linkages with other measures such as import controls, consumer protection and customs and administrative procedures in order to…

  • Date Friday, 04 July 2014
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Mbofholowo Tsedu is an Assistant Programme Manager for the Industrial Development pillar at TIPS primarily focused on trade and industrial policy issues. Mbofholowo has been engaged in numerous industrial policy-related studies including on designation, local content reporting, sector strategies and localisation. He also has been responsible for providing supplementary research support to TIPS’s other pillars. Mbofholowo has an economics degree from the University of Pretoria and is completing a MSc programme focused on Industrialisation, Trade and Economic Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
TIPS recently completed a study investigating how South Africa can improve the strategic use of its technical infrastructure in a way that maximises enforcement by creating linkages with other measures such as import controls, consumer protection and customs and administrative procedures in order to grow the local manufacturing sector and…

  • Date Monday, 19 May 2014
  • Venue Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA), Building D ???????? Eco Fusion 5, Eco Park, Witch-Hazel Avenue, Centurion
  • Main Speakers

    Seminar by Milton Bateman: Moving from failed ‘anti-developmental’ microcredit to a ‘developmental’ local financial system in South Africa: exploring the key institutions, problems and prospects.

    About the speaker

    BATEMAN, MILFORD is a freelance consultant on local economic development policy and, since 2005 he has been Visiting Professor of Economics at Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia. He has PhD from University of Bradford, UK, and was a UK University-based lecturer in East European economics and a consultant on local economic development policy, before becoming a full-time consultant on local economic development policy working on local economic development policy and program design and across Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, South Africa and Colombia. Dr Bateman has published widely on issues of local economic and social development through several edited books on entrepreneurship and SME development and a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is the author of ‘Why Doesn’t Microfinance Work? The Destructive Rise of Local Neoliberalism’ published by Zed Books in 2010.

  • Organisation TIPS and SEFA, in association with the SA-EU Dialogue Facility
Seminar by Milford Bateman: Moving from failed 'anti-developmental' microcredit to a 'developmental' local financial system in South Africa: exploring the key institutions, problems and prospects. About the speaker Milford Bateman is a freelance consultant on local economic development policy. Since 2005 he has been Visiting Professor of Economics at Juraj…
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  • Date Monday, 19 May 2014
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Jose Gabriel Palma is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, Cambridge University. He has a D. Phil in Economics from Oxford University, a PHD from Cambridge University (by incorporation) and a D. Phil in Political Science from Sussex University. He worked during the Government of Salvador Allende in the nationalisation of the copper industry, and after his graduate work in the UK he worked as a lecturer at the universities of London, Sussex, Oxford and Cambridge. He has published articles and books dealing with the economics of developing countries, with a strong focus on Latin America and Asia. He has also written extensively on inequality, financial liberalisation and financial crises, industrial policy, the history of ideas in development economics and politics, and Latin American economic history.
Why is inequality so unequality across the works? And why is it so difficult to do something about it in middle income countries?- Seminar by Jose Gabriel Palma Jose Gabriel Palma is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, Cambridge University. He has a D. Phil in Economics from Oxford University,…

  • Date Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Sheila Farrell
South Africa has significant possibilities to grow its ship repair and boat building industry, with a large market in need of such services and a base from which the South African industry can emerge. These industries are labour intensive and have linkages to a range of other sectors.  There are,…

  • Date Thursday, 06 March 2014
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Maduna Ngobeni, Department of Energy; Karen Breytenbach, National Treasury; Brian Day, Cennergi; and Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Georgina Ryan and Katlego Moilwa, TIPS
  • Organisation TIPS and the University of Johannesburg's Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development
South Africa is in a unique position to benefit from the transition to a greener development path, particularly owing to the country's abundance in renewable resources (solar and wind predominantly). Accordingly, the country has demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainable development, notably in the field of renewable energy. Recognising the…

  • Date Thursday, 23 January 2014
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Dr Babatunde Omilola, Economic Advisor, United National Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa.
The adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 by all Member States of the United Nations was a defining moment for global development cooperation. In recognition of the need to translate this commitment into action, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted. The MDGs have defined a common framework of…
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  • Date Wednesday, 23 October 2013
  • Venue IDC Auditorium - Training Room 3 & 4, 19 Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Main Speakers Brendan Vickers, Chief Director: Research and Policy, the dti Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Assistant Programme Manager: Sustainable Growth, TIPS Jorge Maia, Head of Research and Information, IDC
  • Organisation TIPS, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
There is growing concern that measures already in place or potentially adopted by developed countries to combat climate change could be trade distortionary, introduce new forms of 'green protectionism' and/or be discriminatory. Such policy and regulatory measures may range from emissions trading schemes (e.g. the EU's deferred airlines tax) to…

  • Date Tuesday, 17 September 2013
  • Venue IDC Auditorium - Training Room 3 & 4, 19 Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Main Speakers Evans Chinembiri, Tinashe Kapuya, Jerry Vilakazi, Shibe Maruatona, Brendan Vickers
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a unilateral trade policy concession governing United States and sub-Saharan Africa trade and investment relations. AGOA enhances US market access for 40 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, including South Africa. Signed into law by the US Congress in May 2000, AGOA has been…
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  • Date Tuesday, 03 September 2013
  • Venue Holiday Inn, 123 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • Main Speakers Jose Gabriel Palma
ABOUT THE SPEAKER José Gabriel Palma is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, Cambridge University. He has a D. Phil in Economics from Oxford University, a PHD from Cambridge University (by incorporation) and a D. Phil in Political Science from Sussex University.  He worked during the Government…

  • Date Friday, 23 August 2013
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Susan Newman, Samantha Ashman
Susan Newman currently holds the position of lecturer in international economics at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Her main research interests include the political economy of post-apartheid industrial development in South Africa, the relationship between financial and physical markets for commodities, and the relationship between…

  • Date Monday, 12 August 2013
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Sheila Farrell
Sheila Farrell is an experienced international ports consultant who has undertaken around 120 port consulting assignments in more than 50 countries, most of them concerned with port economics and finance, tariff setting, port reform and privatisation, and regulation.  Several of the projects have been linked to the development of port-related…

  • Date Tuesday, 02 July 2013
  • Venue TIPS Office, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria.
  • Main Speakers Presenter: Melani Prinsloo, Centre for Democratising Information (CDI)
  • Organisation Centre for Democratising Information (CDI)
Abstract CDI's Context of Public Primary Education Research Project is an extension of this South African Community Capability Study, in that it further zooms into the education dimension within communities by investigating its relationship to formal schooling in its location. Part of this project attention is paid to the Community…

  • Date Thursday, 11 April 2013
  • Venue TIPS Office, 227 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria.
  • Main Speakers Main presenter: Jeremy Wakeford, Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) South Africa Discussant: Bongani Motsa, Department of Energy
  Abstract:  The International Energy Agency stated in its World Energy Outlook 2012 that global conventional crude oil production peaked in 2008. Total world oil exports have been stagnant since 2005 as oil exporting countries consume more of their own output and some battle against depletion. Unconventional oil production is…
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