Industrial Policy

  • Year 2019
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla
In August 2019, the National Treasury released a discussion paper on economic policy for comment, titled Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa. The paper lists a compendium of proposals loosely arranged around six “fundamental building blocks” for sustainable growth plus a host of “growth reforms” organised…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • 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 new theoretical thinking…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2015
  • Author(s) Mbofholowo Tsedu
The 2007 launch of the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) and the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) could not have anticipated the impact that the global financial crisis of 2008/2009 and subsequent recession would wreak on South Africa’s economy. With its strong focus on the manufacturing sector as a key driver of balanced development, the…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Neva Makgetla; Saul Levin
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The roots of the industrial conflict in the North West province platinum mining belt in 2012 that led to the Marikana massacre cannot be found in the normal narrative of low wages and circular migrant labour entrenched under apartheid. Although South African miners earned far less than their equals in industrialised economies, their…"

  • Year 2015
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Industrial development and climate change mitigation have historically been opposed to each other. This is reflected in the industrial and climate change policy frameworks in South Africa. As a result of these two opposing frameworks and the disruptive and complex nature of the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy, the emergence of a…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation ITAC
  • Author(s) Moses Obinyeluaka
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Session 3: Regional manufacturing and industrial policy 2 The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region has enormous potential to exploit its large reservoir of natural and agricultural resources through diversifying its resources from a predominantly agrarian to an industrial base. There is now consensus among African leaders and stakeholders that this is a path to…"

  • 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 wants to extend…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • 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 (REFITs), initiated by…"
Published in Economic Regulation

  • 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 to the tariff…"
Published in Economic Regulation

  • 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:"
Published in Economic Regulation

  • 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 orthodox, traditional and…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • 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 integration in different…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • 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 sufficient panacea. While…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2012
Countries in Southern Africa have only recently begun considering the possibility of jointly developing comprehensive industrial policies under the auspices of regional integration bodies such as the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Regional co-operation in industrial policy design and implementation has the potential to both identify and capitalise on the productive synergies that…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dale Mudenda
  • Countries and Regions Zambia
The Zambian economy has undergone profound reforms in the last two decades. It has transited to a market economy from the previously centrally planned economy. As part of the economy-wide reforms, the country's industrial and trade policies have also been re-oriented to suit the needs of the market-oriented economy. This paper therefore reviews…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Lawrence Mapemba
  • Countries and Regions Malawi
The paper focuses on the conduct of trade and industrial policies in Malawi, their linkages and impacts on the performance of the trade and industry sectors. The study establishes that Malawi has gone through three stages of trade and industrial policy. From focusing on the production and trade of a few agricultural commodities…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Evengelista Mudzonga
  • Countries and Regions Zimbabwe
This paper looks at the nature and extent of linkages between trade and industrial policies in Zimbabwe. The paper establishes that the trade and industrial policies are interlinked in Zimbabwe. The study indicates that trade policy is one of the implementation strategies of the industrial policy - further illustrated in this paper specifically…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Farai Zizhou
  • Countries and Regions Botswana
This paper aims to establish the links between the industrial policy and the trade policy in Botswana. The paper finds that after gaining independence the Botswana government has deliberately targeted industrialisation as a strategy to overcome the high concentration of economic activities and welfare of the country centred on diamonds. The strategy aimed at…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Daniel Poon
This paper argues that perspectives characterizing the trajectory of China's economic reforms as “reversing course” are misleading by not recognizing the current stage of Chinese industrial development and the policy initiatives adopted to steer the country towards widely-stated national objectives. As such, the paper aims to contribute to the growing analysis of lessons…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
  • Author(s) Michael Wild, Oliver Schwank
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
South Africa has a peculiar industrial structure given its factor endowments: production is capital intensive in sectors and concentrated in capital intensive sectors despite an abundance of unskilled labour. Part of the reason for this phenomenon lies in the development process of South African industry: it grew around the mining sector and its…"
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