Trade and Industry

Trade and Industry (210)

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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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 This paper provides an overview of the structure, key functions, and characteristics of the motorcycle parts and aftermarket industries in Southern Africa in…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail and Jay Grunder
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper looks at the future of South Africa-United Kingdom trade relations in the post-Brexit period. It provides a brief background and looks at the history of trade relations until the onset of democracy in1994. It then looks at SA-UK trade relations since 1994, including the negotiations the led to…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation Department of Trade and Industry: Industry 4.0 project
  • Author(s) Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Industry 4.0 project This series of papers was commissioned by the Future Industrial Production Technologies Chief Directorate of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). This unit is focused on preparing South African industry for the fourth industrial revolution. Saul Levin (TIPS) directed the project, and Dr Shawn Cunningham…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation Department of Trade and Industry: Industry 4.0 project
  • Author(s) Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Industry 4.0 project This series of papers was commissioned by the Future Industrial Production Technologies Chief Directorate of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). This unit is focused on preparing South African industry for the fourth industrial revolution. Saul Levin (TIPS) directed the project, and Dr Shawn Cunningham…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation Department of Trade and Industry: Industry 4.0 project
  • Author(s) Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Industry 4.0 project This series of papers was commissioned by the Future Industrial Production Technologies Chief Directorate of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). This unit is focused on preparing South African industry for the fourth industrial revolution. Saul Levin (TIPS) directed the project, and Dr Shawn Cunningham…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation Department of Trade and Industry: Industry 4.0 project
  • Author(s) Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Industry 4.0 project This series of papers was commissioned by the Future Industrial Production Technologies Chief Directorate of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). This unit is focused on preparing South African industry for the fourth industrial revolution. Saul Levin (TIPS) directed the project, and Dr Shawn Cunningham…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation UNU-WIDER
  • Author(s) Sithembiso Mtanga and Richard McCamel (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
WIDER Working Paper 2019/38 This working paper, Motorcycle parts and aftermarket industry regional value chain in Southern Africa, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract This paper provides an overview of the structure, key functions, and characteristics of the motorcycle parts and aftermarket industries in Southern…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation UNU-WIDER
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
WIDER Working Paper 2019/26 This working paper, Black cat, white cat - lessons to be learned from ASEAN, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) Abstract There is some consensus at present that SADC needs to re-imagine itself and breathe new life into its somewhat…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail: Adjunct Professor Faculty of Law School of Economics, and Graduate School of Business, UCT, and TIPS Research Fellow
  • Countries and Regions Africa
This paper argues that adopting a “developmental regionalism” approach to trade integration provides the best prospects for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to catalyse the process of transformative industrial development, cross-border investment and democracy, governance, peace and security in Africa. It also looks at the progress being made…
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The Johannesburg health cluster

  • Year 2018
  • Author(s) Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This research report is focused on the healthcare sector in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), in particular the medical devices sector and delves deeper to understand the problems faced by the sector and what would be required to leverage the sector for domestic growth and import substitution. The City of…
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  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Tracy Ledger
This research report aims to identify opportunities to develop the regional value chain in agricultural inputs, and the opportunities within that value chain for regional trade. It also aims to detail policy initiatives to be undertaken by the South African Department of Trade and Industry to capitalise on those opportunities…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Bhavna Deonarain
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
The energy landscape in Southern Africa has been rapidly evolving over the last decades. An economy-wide transition to sustainability is underway, with energy at its core. In addition, a progressive movement of regional integration with numerous energy-related initiatives is taking place, principally through the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). At…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Tracy Ledger
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
This study provides an overview and analysis of the structure, key functions and characteristics of the forestry value chain operating in and among South Africa, Mozambique and Tanzania in order to identify market opportunities and the interventions required to support the growth of the regional value chain. The research focuses…

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Christopher Wood
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Technical regulations refer to standards and compulsory specifications that apply to certain products and processes, and which can play an important role in regional trade. Firms that wish to trade in value chains need to be able to comply with the regulations set by lead firms and state regulators, or…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowit
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
The paper begins with a broad contextual overview of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC’s) transport and logistics performance in terms of the Logistics Performance Index and tracks the performance of individual member states in the decade from 2007. Two interesting findings emerge. First that the better performing SADC member…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The current electricity model incorporates a paradox in which continual increases in price contribute to falling demand, which in turn leads to higher unit costs and prices. In this context, high levels of capital expenditure by Eskom have become a critical cost driver. The contradictory response of raising prices in…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt
The paper considers new heterodox theoretical contributions to the industrial policy debate in developing countries. Specifically it focuses on the challenge of “getting industrial policy right in circumstances where the country is run by flawed leaders presiding over a politically weak and internally fragmented state” (Change 2010). The paper covers…

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail
  • Countries and Regions Africa
This paper reviews the state of play of the African regional integration agenda, inspired by the vision of the Abuja Treaty and Agenda 2063. It argues that the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiators should adopt a “development integration” approach to ensure that the outcome of the CFTA benefits all…

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Tracy Ledger
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This working paper presents an analysis of the dominant and growing agri-food system in South Africa, focusing on power and governance as two key factors that critically influence system outcomes. Current approaches towards agricultural development (including food security) tend to under-theorise these issues and thus they may not receive the…

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Wendy Nyakabawo
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Special economic zones (SEZs) emerged internationally as a policy to support industrial development in particular by providing for the introduction of targeted incentives and infrastructure. Internationally, despite their name, they are often effectively delinked from specific geographic areas in order to achieve these aims. This is especially useful where government…

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Katlego Moilwa; Georgina Ryan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) was established to encourage new entry into the market. The Regulatory Entities Capacity Building project review of the renewable energy sector includes: Assessing the problems and difficulties in implementing South Africa's first option for the expansion of renewable energy through feed-in tariffs…

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Reena Das Nair; Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Georgina Ryan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is the regulatory authority established in terms of the National Energy Regulator Act, 2004.  The Regulatory Entities Capacity Building project will provide a comprehensive review of the regulators' role, linked with the policy framework and powers.  The review includes: Examining the linkages with…

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sheila Farrell; Saul Levin
The South African Ports Regulator, established in terms of the National Ports Act 12 of 2005 is a relatively new institution. Time taken to establish the institution has meant it has only recently begun to be effective. Over the past three years it has flexed its regulatory muscle with significant revisions…

  • Year 2013
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sheila Farrell
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Ports Regulation: Are we achieving the objectives of the Ports Act? Comparisons with Ports Regulators from India, Australia and elsewhere (19 November 2013). Presentation by Dr Sheila Farrell, Imperial College London:
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  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Chonzi Mulenga
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC), Zambia
Intra-Industry trade (henceforth IIT) has generally been perceived to be a feature of the industrialized countries. As the past few years have seen a rapid increase in Zambia's trade with its trading partners in the SADC, trade statistics reveal that a substantial part of such intra-SADC trade is in fact…

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Stephen Timm
For South Africa, the promotion of small businesses remains key to creating jobs and a more equitable economy. Evidence from Chile and Malaysia – both countries with similar emerging economies as South Africa – reveals that by partnering to provide finance and business support, the government and the private sector…

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt
This paper forms part of a broader research project TIPS has been involved in around common regional industrial policies. It provides an overview of key issues in global industrial policy literature. It begins with a brief examination of the link between industrial policy and development and the differences between the…

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt
This paper forms part of a broader research project TIPS has been involved in around common regional industrial policies. It looks at three examples of regional integration: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European Union and Mercosur. The focus is on understanding the drivers and motivation for regional…

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) William S. Mbuta
The absence of growth in intra-SADC trade in industrial products since the tariff phase-downs were initiated prompted by the ratification of the SADC Protocol on Trade in 2000 continues to generate interest amongst policymakers and other stakeholders as it appears that removal of market access constraint alone is not a…

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) B Seetanah; K Padachi; R Juwaheer; R V Sannassee; M Lamport; U Subadur; J Matadeen
This paper models tourist arrivals into Mauritius from various parts of the world with a view to understand the contribution of different determinants in explaining the success of the island as an international tourism destination. A dual methodological approach was adopted namely panel date and survey frameworks. Results from the…
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