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.

Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data. The Third Quarter 2016 and Annual Provincial Review 2016 are now out.

Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue Seminars, hosted by TIPS, offer a platform to share views and ideas on development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Training Workshops 2017

  • Trade Policy and South Africa

    27-28 February and 01 March 

    The course will provide participants with insights into how the world trading systems work and South Africa’s trade relationship with key regions.

  • Value Chains

    14-15 March 2017

    The function of this workshop is to build research and policy capabilities in the South African government to better understand the dynamics of value chains, and in so doing to contribute to employment growth and productivity enhancement. 

All workshops

Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker

    The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) measures investment by manufacturing enterprises in property, plant and equipment, research and development, and human capital. The Fourth Quarter 2016 is available to download or read online: MCIT Q4 2016

  • SA-EU Sustainability Transition Dialogue Workshops

    The South Africa-European Union Sustainability Transition Dialogue is hosting five multi-stakeholder workshops around the country in the first half of 2017. These will be held in Johannesburg (February), Limpopo (March), Pretoria (April), Ethekwini (May) and Western Cape (June). For more information and how to apply go to Workshops

  • Development Dialogue: Investment Dynamics in South Africa’s Manufacturing Sector

    Our February Development Dialogue seminar on Investment Dynamics in South Africa's Manufacturing sector on was held on Wednesday February 8. For more information and copies of the presentations go to Development Dialogue. Presenters: Baba-Tamana Gqubule (TIPS), Xhanti Payi (Nascence Advisory & Research), Christopher Wood (TIPS), Kelello Mashiane (TIPS), Moleboheng Ntene (SARS)

  • Development Dialogue: US-SA Trade Relations and AGOA

    This year's TIPS Development Dialogue seminars started on Tuesday January 24 with a panel discussion on US-SA trade relations and AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act). For more information and copies of the pesentations go to Development Dialogue. Presenters: Faizel Ismail (TIPS and UCT), Malose Letsoalo (the dti), Tinashe Kapuya (Agricultural Business Chamber) and Christopher Wood (TIPS) 

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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.

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.