Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry (208)

Industrial policy forms the core of TIPS’s work. In this context, TIPS supports the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Departmenet of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and several other departments and stakeholders with targeted studies to support policy development for industrial and trade policy as well as manufacturing growth.

TIPS undertakes research, among others, into national and regional sectors, value chains and clusters; the impact of state and private institutions on manufacturing  growth and diversification; the barriers to entry to small and medium enterprise in manufacturing; the extent and nature of innovation; and the impact of manufacturing on broader economic growth and development, income distribution and job creation.

Trade research has also been an important research area of TIPS since its establishment.  TIPS has looked at many different aspects of international trade, including country studies, trade policy, export development and the relationship between trade and industrial policy. 

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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Cornel van Basten
TIPS has added Economic Regulation as one of its main research areas, where we'll focus mainly on essential services (energy, telecoms, transport and water) because of their social impact and network characteristics, to ensure universal and affordable access to essential services. The purpose of the paper is to provide some…
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  • Year 2007
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Cornel van Basten
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
No-one can dispute that electricity is an essential input to production and economic growth in South-Africa. Eskom, a wholly state-owned utility dominates electricity generation, it supplies approximately 95% of South Africa's electricity. The Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) has been facing numerous uncertainties during the past decade. This included aspects such…

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2005
  • Organisation TIPS
  • 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…
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Frank Flatters
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The Motor Industry Development Program (MIDP) is widely regarded as a major success of South Africa's post-apartheid trade and industrial policies. The program was introduced in 1995, has been modified and/or extended several times, and is currently scheduled to continue until 2012. A DTI-funded review, the third since the programs…
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  • Year 2003
  • Organisation Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Author(s) Ron Sandrey
  • Countries and Regions South Africa, Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU)
As tariff barriers are reduced around the world, increasing attention has been paid to non-tariff measures. Although differing definitions exist of exactly what these NTMs are, let alone how their quantitative impacts are measured, they can basically be defined as government measures other than tariffs that restrict trade flows.

  • Year 2005
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Owen Willcox
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
One of the objectives of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is to develop capacitiesfor improving the export performance of businesses. To do so, the dti/TISA require easily accessible practical strategic and analytical tools for identifying growing markets to which South African firms could export. This report will…

  • Year 2003
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Ron Sandrey
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As international tariffs are being reduced increased attention is being given to the role of non-tariff measures in impeding trade flows. The working definition of NTMs used in this report is “government measures other than tariffs that restrict trade flows”. This covers a range of measures from health and safety…
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  • Year 2005
  • Organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Author(s) Mmatlou Kalaba; Ron Sandrey; Dirk Ernst van Seventer
  • Countries and Regions European Union (EU), Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU)
This paper evaluates bilateral trade between South Africa and the EU over the past decade, where possible up to 2003. Structure of the Report: Part A: Aspects of trade and tariff patterns Basic trade flows between South Africa and the EU Intra-industry trade Trade intensity calculations Areas of export potential…

  • Year 2005
  • Organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Author(s) Mmatlou Kalabe; Ron Sandrey; Dirk Ernst van Seventer
This paper evaluates bilateral trade between South Africa and the EU over the past decade, where possible up to 2003. Structure of the Report: Part A: Aspects of trade and tariff patterns Basic trade flows between South Africa and the EU. Intra-industry trade Trade intensity calculations Areas of export potential…

  • Year 2006
  • Author(s) Merle Holden;Landon McMillan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper by Prof. Merle Holden, head of the School of Economics and Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban and Landon McMillan, an economist at TIPS, supports the view that the EU-SA FTA stimulated both imports and exports, while for SADC, exports were stimulated but the results for imports…
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  • Year 2006
  • Author(s) Simon Roberts
Prof. Simon Roberts, previously the director of Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) at the University of the Witwatersrand and now chief economist at the Competition Commission in this paper explains the importance for industrial development of technological capability development across all economic sectors. The sector studies discussed here indicate…
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  • Year 2006
  • Organisation TIPS ; SAIIA
  • Author(s) Mmatlou Kalaba; Peter Draper; Philip Alves
  • Countries and Regions Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Regional integration can be a key force for sustainable development. It can promote economic growth, reduce poverty, foster social development or protect the environment. But it can also have negative economic and social impacts, especially when the domestic regulatory framework is inadequate or not implemented effectively.

  • Year 2006
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Mmatlou Kalaba
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Description TIPS economist Mmatlou Kalaba prepares a quarterly snapshot of South Africa's trade with particular trade blocs around the world. Abstract Graphical representation of World trade and South African Trade, at a glance
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  • Year 2002
  • Author(s) Rashad Cassim; Donald Onyango
The South African government and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in particular have embarked on a policy framework to ensure that the SA economy becomes competitive. In an increasingly traded global economy, it is recognised that national economic welfare will be enhanced by both greater efficiency, brought…
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  • Year 2006
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Jorn Rattso; Hildegunn Stokke
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper integrates two mechanisms of economic growth barriers to international spill-overs and skill-biased effects on the income distribution. South Africa (SA) is an interesting case study because of dramatic changes in international barriers over time and policy focus to productivity and distribution. Barriers affect the balance between innovation and…
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  • Year 2005
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Lawrence Edwards; Tijl van de Winkel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Since the mid-1990s, South Africa has made considerable progress in opening ups its trade regime. In 1994 South Africa committed itself to reducing and simplifying its tariff levels and structure in accordance with it offer under the GATT Uruguay Round. As a consequence tariffs have fallen, although the number of…
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Dirk van Seventer; Richard Goode
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Since 1994, some restructuring of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has taken place in South Africa (SA), which has included elements of corporatisation and commercialisation, as well as partial privatisation. The Government has committed itself to more reform. This is an ongoing process, and to inform this process an investigation into its…
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Jorn Rattso; Hildegunn Stokke
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The barrier model of productivity growth suggests that individual country productivity is related to the world technology frontier disturbed by national barriers. We offer a country study of the barrier model, exploiting the dramatic changes in the linkages to the world economy in South Africa (SA).The productivity growth in the…
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Karl Venter; Richard Goode
Improving commuter rail service delivery is a high-priority programme of the Department of Transport (DOT). Faced with a failing business, the DOT has launched a reform programme for commuter rail, foreseeing increased public investment and possibly an extended role for the private sector. The object of this working paper is…
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Christian Rogerson
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
One of the key issues that has been raised in terms of the analysis of small enterprise (SMME) support programmes in South Africa is that often support initiatives have been in the form of 'generic' packages that overlook the specificities of particular sectors. Although it has been recognized that the…
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  • Year 2005
  • Author(s) Charles Mather
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The food processing sector is widely regarded as having the potential to generate economic growth, entrepreneurial opportunities and employment (FAO, 1997; CIAT, 2002; Lambert, 2001; McCormick and Atieno, 2002). In developing countries the interest in agro-processing is associated with its potential for generating demand amongst smallholder farmers, upgrading primary production…
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