Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry (239)

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 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This report highlights the myriad interventions available to township firms to develop a more equitable industrial landscape that supports firm growth and employment growth. Many of these response measures aim to address the constraints facing small businesses and industrial development in townships. Gaps however remain. Economic geography is a key…

  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke
This country study forms part of a project for the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on the alignment of the quality infrastructure/technical infrastructure in South Africa. The project includes four country case studies: Australia, Brazil, Kenya and the Republic of Korea. The case studies for Australia, Brazil and Kenya…

  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke
This country study forms part of a project for the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on the alignment of the quality infrastructure/technical infrastructure in South Africa. The project includes four country case studies: Australia, Brazil, Kenya and the Republic of Korea. The case studies for Australia, Brazil and the…
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  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke
This country study forms part of a project for the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on the alignment of the quality infrastructure/technical infrastructure in South Africa. The project includes four country case studies: Australia, Brazil, Kenya and the Republic of Korea. The case studies for Australia, Kenya and the…
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  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke
This country study forms part of a project for the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition on the alignment of the quality infrastructure/technical infrastructure in South Africa. The project includes four country case studies: Australia, Brazil, Kenya and the Republic of Korea. The case studies for Brazil, Kenya and the…
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  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla, Muhammed Patel (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The fundamental importance of the coal value chain to the South African economy means that its dual crises required a consistent, strategic and whole-of-government response. This study aims to provide a holistic analysis of the value chain as the basis for developing more strategic options. It first outlines the scope…
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  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Industrial policy in South Africa faces the challenge of overcoming profound inequalities while building a more dynamic, productive and competitive economy. In this context, the current disruption in the electricity system provides both opportunities and threats. This paper reviews the nature, impacts and causes of the disruption as the basis…

  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Noncedo Vutula
This working paper provides insights into the current debates on export restrictions in the World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations. An overview of the previous discussions on export restrictions is presented in an effort to draw similarities between the previous discussions and the current discussions. The paper also offers some observations…

  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
The purpose of these Terms of Reference is to develop a forest product roadmap with a specific focus on: Addressing the use of timber and engineered timber products in the built environment; Identifying and promoting the development of short- and long-term efficient bio-refineries technology innovation opportunities to drive forestry sector…
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  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Faizel Ismail
  • Countries and Regions Africa
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its role in Africa is controversial. This paper argues that African countries should work through regional organisations, such as the African Union (AU) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to use their agency and negotiate with China to advance their own…

  • Year 2021
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This working paper provides an initial overview of the impacts and outcomes of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) policy. It also draws on business responses to a questionnaire to gain insights into the implementation process. The paper evaluates the BBBEE Codes against their core objectives – representivity in ownership,…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 and aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post lockdown, an opportunity should not be missed to consider investing in new product markets which could increase the size and dynamism of the manufacturing sector. Such a package could contribute to arresting the trend…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper: Reviews the socio-economic mandates of the major state-owned companies (SOCs) as reflected in official documents, sometimes only implicitly; Provides case studies of four leading SOCs in terms of their socio-economic and financial mandates over the past decade or so; and The actual and potential impact of the COVID-19…
WIDER Working Paper 2020/148 This working paper, Future-proofing the plastics value chain in Southern Africa, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract Plastics are ubiquitous across the region and play an important role in multiple industries. Most plastic products are based on a value chain…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Nishal Robb
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Illicit financial flows (IFFs) of various kinds, and the role of tax havens in facilitating these flows, have come under increased scrutiny since the global financial crisis of 2007-2009. A series of high-profile scandals and leaks of sensitive information about how corporates and individuals organise their financial affairs to escape…
WIDER Working Paper 2020/23 This working paper, Initial considerations for the creation of an inter-regional industrial hemp value chain between Malawi and South Africa, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract Interest in industrial hemp has revived in the past 20 years. Malawi is considering…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and ZIPAR
  • Author(s) Sithembiso Mtanga (TIPS), Francis Ziba (ZIPAR) and Bernard Tembo (ZIPAR)
  • Countries and Regions Zambia
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have placed industrial development at the core of the region’s integrated development agenda. This report by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis & Research (ZIPAR) is part of a programme that seeks to identify existing…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla and Saul Levin (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Greater regional integration would support economic diversification and industrialisation in Southern Africa by expanding markets for consumers and capital goods as well as drawing together capacities from different of countries. It would, however, require a greater degree of specialisation between nations to permit economies of scale. In this context, the…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
To assist in improving the regulatory environment for small business, the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation and Department of Small Business Development requested the Employment Promotion Programme contract Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies to conduct a study on the national regulatory burdens on small business. The broad objectives of…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation For the Department of Trade and Industry
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Customs are charged with ensuring maximum trade facilitation and decreasing the time and costs associated with clearing consignments into and out of the country. Non-compliance and customs fraud are, however, on the rise through multiple channels including misdeclaration of goods, under and overvaluation, misrepresentation of country of origin, round tripping,…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation UNU-WIDER
  • Author(s) Gillian Chigumira (TIPS)
WIDER Working Paper 2019/70 This working paper, Assessment of demand in agro-processing machinery in the SADC region: A case study of the maize-milling machinery value chain in South Africa and Zambia, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract The SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation UNU-WIDER
  • Author(s) Tracy Ledger (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
WIDER Working Paper 2019/61 This working paper, Charity begins at home The political economy of non-tariff barriers to trade in Southern Africa, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract Increased intra-regional trade in southern Africa will have a positive impact on eonomic growth. However, this…
WIDER Working Paper 2019/38 This working paper, Moving up the copper value chain in Southern Africa, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract t: Interest in industrial hemp has revived in the past 20 years. Malawi is considering legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp as an…
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