Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is an independent, non-profit, economic research institution established in 1996 to support economic policy development. TIPS undertakes quantitative and qualitative research, project management, dialogue facilitation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. Its areas of focus are: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion.


The Real Economy Bulletin
The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy.
Fourth Quarter 2021 is now out.

TIPS FDI Tracker
The FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment. Second Quarter 2021 is now out.

TIPS Export Tracker
The Export Tracker provides updates on export trends.
Fourth Quarter 2021 is now out.

TIPS Import Tracker
The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends.
Third Quarter 2021 is now out.

Imports Localisation
Quarterly reports of imports that South Africa could possibly viably manufacture. First Quarter 2021 is now out.

Manufacturing Subsectors
Notes on the main manufacturing subsectors in South Africa.

Upcoming events and Announcements

  • APORDE 2022: Call for applications for participants extended to 17 May

    We are pleased to announce that the sixteenth edition of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) will take place from 5-16 September 2022. The call for applications is open. Closing date: 17 May 2022. For details of the programme and the application process go to APORDE 2022.

  • Call for submissions: 2022 Thandika Mkandawire Prize

    The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (Aporde) and the DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI Industrial Development) are delighted to announce the second Thandika Mkandawire Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in African Political Economy and Economic Development. This prize is to be awarded annually to recognise outstanding research papers of the highest quality by African scholars. A second award, the Thandika Mkandawire Prize for Young Scholars in African Political Economy and Economic Development, is specifically for young researchers. Submissions close 22 May 2022. For more information and how to apply go to Thandika Mkandawire Prize

  • TERMS OF REFERENCE: Development of Medical Devices Master Plan

    TIPS on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition in partnership with the Medical Device Manufacturers, the South African Medical Device Industry Association and the South African Laboratory and Diagnostics Association seeks the services of independent consultants with extensive and proven experience and knowledge of the South African medical device industry, its participants, and the South African industrial policy environment, to facilitate the development of the medical devices industry Master Plan. Closing Date:
    13 May 2022 at 16h00
    . Proposals should be sent to TIPS for the attention of Daphney Mabuza for more information.

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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.