Annual Forum Papers

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) University of Johannesburg
  • Publication Author(s) Judith Fessehale; Reena das Nair; Phumzile Ncube
  • Countries and Regions Zambia
Session 1: Regional manufacturing and industrial policy 1 This paper identifies important opportunities linked to growing local and regional demand, and what constraints exist for their exploitation. It identifies several areas of untapped, substantial opportunities for Zambia's manufacturing sector. While Zambia's competitiveness in global markets is challenged by macroeconomic factors (fluctuating exchange rates,…"

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Georgina Ryan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Policy Paper prepared for the Economic Development Department and the Department of Trade and Industry The impact of electricity price increases on the competitiveness of selected mining sector and smelting value chains in South Africa: Has it incentivised mining-related companies to invest in renewable energy, cogeneration and energy efficiency? This research project was jointly commissioned by…"
Published in Energy

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Roman Grynberg
The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First it is to review Botswana's competitiveness policy in the 10th National Development Plan, (NDP10 -2009-2016), National Export Strategy (2010-2016) and what are its conceptual foundations in the works of Michael Porter (1990). This will help explain the direction of trade and development policy in a…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation University of Pretoria and Tilburg University
  • Publication Author(s) E. Schaling
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In this paper we analyze the relationships between exchange rates, inflation and competitiveness. We show that over the 1994-2006 sample period real exchange rate depreciations did not improve the trade balance and therefore had no positive effect on growth. One reason is that SA exports are priced to market (PTM instead of PCP).…"

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation Orkestra, Basque Institute of Competitiveness
  • Publication Author(s) James Wilson
There are fundamental links between academic treatments of 'economic development' and of the popular policy discourse of 'competitiveness'. Productivity-focused analyses of competitiveness are inherently related to market-centric analyses of development that have economic growth as their objective. However, a consensus is emerging on the need for broader conceptions of economic progress, built in…"

  • Year 2005
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Justin Barnes
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This document has two objectives. First, it endeavours to capture the domestic clothing sectors major market and production trends, as well as broader dynamics. Second, these foundational elements operate as a mechanism to identify current clothing sector constraints and opportunities and hence the need for, and the importance of, policy related interventions. Given…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2005
  • Publication Author(s) L.G. Mohamed
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Understanding firm competitiveness and product development is crucial to industrial development. The plastics sector provides a good case in which to explore these issues. The plastics sector has been one of the better performing sectors in recent years in terms of output and employment. Plastic products are increasingly replacing metal products, thus placing…"

  • Year 2005
  • Publication Author(s) Mike Morris and Leanne Sedowski
  • Countries and Regions Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa)
The last few years have witnessed two major shifts in global trading and industrialisation patterns. The first is the rise of China (with the South East Asian region in tow) as the dominant force reshaping the relations between developing and developed countries as well as the competitive dynamics within the developing world. One…"

  • Year 2005
  • Publication Author(s) Geoff Parr
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Pricing tradable goods in the domestic market at import parity is evaluated to determine whether it can be characterized as a competitive constraint on pricing, or as a source of market power. The policy of import parity pricing (IPP) is also assessed in terms of the South African Competition Act. Because IPP depends…"

  • Year 2004
  • Publication Author(s) Sanjaya Lall
  • Countries and Regions East African Community (EAC), European Union (EU), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
As liberalization and globalization gather pace, concern with industrial competitiveness is growing, not just in developing countries but also in mature industrial ones. But it is the former that face the most intense competitive pressures: many find that their enterprises are unable to cope with rigours of open markets in exporting and in…"

  • Year 2004
  • Publication Author(s) Simon Roberts
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Competition policy is part of the new international orthodoxy in economic policy and, at the same time, was viewed in South Africa as a crucial element of economic transformation. This article reviews the role of competition policy in economic development and the experiences of developing countries such as Brazil and South Korea. It…"

  • Year 2004
  • Publication Author(s) Morne Oosthuizen; Haroon Bhorat
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Since 1994, the South African economy has undergone significant changes with the government implementing various policies aimed at redressing the injustices of the past, fleshing out the welfare system and improving competitiveness as South Africa becomes increasingly integrated into the global economy. These policies have, directly or indirectly, impacted on the labour market…"

  • Year 2003
  • Organisation SATRN
  • Publication Author(s) Felix Maonera
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
The international commodity market is increasingly characterized by a fall in the relative value of products mainly due to increased competition. Because of the competitive pressures in the global market place, it is not surprising that exporters from economies that rely relatively more for their well being on the export of commodities such…"

  • Year 2003
  • Publication Author(s) David Storer
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This report was prepared for National Treasury to support its assessment of administered prices in South Africa. The objective of the study was to assess the processes involved in setting prices in regulated industries. By evaluating the efficiency, effectiveness and analytical rigour of the regulatory processes involved in setting prices for the services…"

  • Year 2003
  • Publication Author(s) David Storer
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
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  • Year 2003
  • Publication Author(s) Neo Chabane
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The links between BEE and competition policy are outlined in the Competition Act of 1998. It is recognised in the preamble to the Act that competition law has to specifically address the excessive concentration of ownership and control of the economy and the unjust restrictions on the full participation of black people in…"

  • Year 2003
  • Organisation University of the Witwatersrand
  • Publication Author(s) Simon Roberts
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Competition policy is part of the new international orthodoxy in economic policy and, at the same time, was viewed in South Africa as a crucial element of economic transformation. This article reviews the role of competition policy in economic development and the experiences of developing countries such as Brazil and South Korea. It…"
Saturday, 15 June 2002

Competition Policy in SADC

  • Year 2002
  • Publication Author(s) Trudi Hartzenberg
This paper provides an overview of the interconnectedness between trade, competition and investment in SADC, and explores the competition implications emerging therefrom. From a review of existing competition policy in SADC, key national and regional competition challenges are examined, with a view to suggesting options for regional collaboration to address these issues."

  • Year 2002
  • Publication Author(s) Simon Roberts
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The government's Integrated Manufacturing Strategy identifies competitiveness as its primary focus, and value-matrices as the framework within which to assess manufacturing performance. This paper addresses these issues through two main components. The first is a review of interpretations of competitiveness and its determinants. The second is an assessment of South African manufacturing performance…"

  • Year 2002
  • Publication Author(s) Anton Eberhard
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
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