Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry (193)

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 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Stephen Golub
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The purpose of this paper is to assess South Africa’s international price and cost competitiveness, particularly with regard to labor costs, and to examine the quantitative relationships between South African cost competitiveness and tradeperformance. South African export and investment performance improved markedly during the 1990s, particularly the post-1994 period, coinciding…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Nicolette Cattaneo
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The studies of Evans (1996, 1997a,b) appear to be the most analytically ambitious attempts to address, empirically, the question of the economic desirability of a southern African free trade area (FTA).  Evans (1996) is apparently the only serious study available to date which gives detailed sectoral effects of the formation…
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  • Year 2000
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) David Ashton; Johnny Sung
The aim of this paper is to explore some of the major differences in the ways in which governments influence the process of skill formation. In particular, we focus on the ways in which governments use the market as a means of delivering the skills required for economic growth. We…
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  • Year 1999
  • Organisation DPRU
  • Publication Author(s) Haroon Bhorat
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper describes formal employment trends in the South African economy since 1970, through using both survey and time-series data. In addition, the study tries to understand the forces that have shaped these employment trends. The descriptive statistics reveal that the primary sectors have shed close to 1.5 million jobs…
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  • Year 1999
  • Organisation IDRC
  • Publication Author(s) Trevor Bell; Greg Farrell; Rashad Cassim
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The aim of this paper is to consider the relationship between competitiveness, international trade and financial factors in the South African economy. The term ‘competitiveness’ is used here in two closely related, but distinctly different, senses. One of these refers to a country’s ability ‘to realise central economic policy goals,…
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  • Year 1999
  • Organisation UCT
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In the lead-up to the next round of WTO talks, some commentators have argued that developing countries should liberalise their service industries for their own benefit and not just in response to industrial country demands. This paper critically explores this position for the case of South Africa. It finds that…
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  • Year 1998
  • Organisation UNCTAD; TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Ethel Teljeur
  • Countries and Regions European Union (EU), South Africa
This study projects the impact of the proposed free trade area (FTA) between South Africa and the European Union on the bilateral trade flows between the two. The South African and European respective proposals, as formulated in 1996, served as a basis. The results are evaluated both at an aggregate…
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  • Year 1998
  • Organisation University of London
  • Publication Author(s) Simon Roberts
This study undertakes a preliminary analysis of changes in manufacturing in light of the ongoing trade liberalisation measures introduced in the 1990s. The case for trade liberalisation rests on firms responding to the increased incentive to export, leading to more efficient use of resources, with increased productivity, competition and investment.…
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  • Year 1998
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The production of and trade in high technology products has always been seen to be important for both developed and developing countries. For developed nations these products are a source of significant exports, off-setting their loss of competitiveness in traditional low technology products. For developing nations, mastery of these products…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation University of Cambridge
  • Publication Author(s) Ha-Joon Chang
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper looks at some of the relevant and critical issues facing the South African government in devising an industrial policy. It provides an overview of some of the key theoretical issues in industrial policy and looks at some of the critical choices facing South Africa with reference to the…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation DPRU
  • Publication Author(s) James Hodge
The Services sector has become one of the most important sectors in the South African economy as it has grown double the rate of manufacturing over the last three decades. There is a noticeable absence of serious economic analysis on the importance of the South African Services sector both to…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation Overseas Development Institute
  • Publication Author(s) S Page
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
As South Africa commits itself to entering a free-trade agreement with the SADC community a number of important issues arise. These range from the likely economic impact of a FTA on member countries, the legal political and regulatory problems and others. This paper represents the first attempt to explain these…
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  • Year 1997
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) CAPAS Regional Meetings
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
A regional meeting to launch the work programme of CAPAS Phase III was held at Helderfontein Estate in Johannesburg on 27-29 November 1997. The meeting was organised jointly by the Trade and Industrial Policy Secretariat (TIPS) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of South Africa with support from…
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