TIPS is a not-for-profit economic research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. TIPS has three main focus areas: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion. TIPS undertakes research and analysis, and facilitates policy development, dialogue and capacity building.

Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data. The Third Quarter 2017 and Special Edition: The State of Small Business in South Africa 2017 are now out.

Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue Seminars, hosted by TIPS, offer a platform to share views and ideas on development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Training Workshops 2017

  • Trade policy and South Africa (Module 1)

    9-11 May 2018

    Trade policy and South Africa: A simulation of the SA-US AGOA negotiations

    This course provides participants with insights into how the world trading systems work and South Africa’s trade relationship with key regions.

    It is facilited over three modules.

    1. The first module is a Simulation of the SA-US AGOA Negotiations (9-11 May 2018)
    2. The second module focuses on Globalisation and Regional Economic Integration (20-22 June 2018)
    3. The third module focuses on Globalisation and Multilateral Trading System: Simulating the Bali Ministerial Conference (October 2017 - date to be confirmed)

    This course is Module 1. See brochure for details.

    See Overview

  • Global value chains

    12-13 March 2018

    The function of this workshop is to build research and policy capabilities in the South African government to better understand the dynamics of value chains, and in so doing to contribute to employment growth and productivity enhancement. 

    Download: Brochure

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker

    The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) is a quarterly index tracking investment spending in the manufacturing sector. Findings for Q4 2017 are now available.  See MCIT Q4 2017. Or read online.

  • Vacancy: Senior Economist

    TIPS is looking for an Senior Economist with at least eight years' experience to assist in our work to promote industrial development in South Africa. Closing date for applications is 20 March. For more about the position and how to apply see Senior Economist Position.

  • Development Dialogue: Electricity beyond the grid

    TIPS and the Green Economy Coalition (GEC) hosted a Development Dialogue on Electricy Beyond the Grid on February 22. For more information and copies of the presentations go to Development Dialogue. Presenters: Gaylor Montmasson-Clair and Bhavna Deonarain (TIPS); Louise Scholtz (WWF-SA);Tasneem Essop (representing EDI); Julie Wells and Ndivhuho Raphulu (NCPC-SA)Julie Wells

  • Development Dialogue: Urbanisation and industrialisation

    The first TIPS Development Dialogue seminar of the year on Urbanisation and Industrialisation was held on Thursday 18 January. For more information and copies of the presentations go to Development Dialogue. Presenters: Shirley Robinson and Roland Hunter (Cities Support Programme), Christopher Wood and Asanda Fotoyi (TIPS), Rob Davies (representing IFPRI) and  Neva Makgetla and Mbongeni Ndlovu (TIPS).

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Working at TIPS

TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent.

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  • Senior Economist
    Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for a Senior Economist to assist in our work to promote industrial…

Small Grant Research Papers

TIPS offers small research grants of up to R16 500 to students in South Africa at the Masters level. Students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

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.