Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) NPC is a not-for-profit research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. The organisation facilitates policy development and dialogue in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth. TIPS has three main focus areas: Trade and Industrial PolicyInequality and Economic Inclusion and Sustainable GrowthIts working model integrates research and analysis, policy development, disseminating information, capacity building, technical support, and programme design and management. 

The Real Economy Bulletin - New TIPS Publication

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of quarterly trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data in Excel format. The bulletin aims to highlight major new projects, developments in leading manufacturing companies and policy changes in the past quarter. It will consolidate the available data on manufacturing subsectors into an easy overview of key trends. It will also cover key issues facing the real economy.

Topics in the first edition include growth in the GDP and employment; trends in trade; and electricity and the carbon tax and is now available at The Real Economy Bulletin Third Quarter 2015


The theme of the TIPS Annual Forum 2016 is Industrialisation and the Mining Economy. Interested people who would like to contribute papers are invited to submit their title and abstracts to Saul Levin, Director at TIPS via email to: dialogue [at] tips [dot] org [dot] za. Closing date for submission is 20 January 2016.

The Forum is being held in partnership with the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development and the SARChI Chair in Industrial Development at the University of Johannesburg, and the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and in association with the Departments of Trade and Industry and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

For more information and details of the focus of topics go to Annual Forum 2016.

TIPS Annual Forum 2015: Papers and presentations online

The theme of this year’s TIPS Annual Forum was Regional Industrialisation and Regional Integration. About 200 people participated in the Forum, held in Johannesburg in July, with delegates coming from South Africa, a number of other African countries, Europe and the US. Sessions focused on: regional manufacturing and industrial policy; regional integration and SADC; market integration and trade; international lessons; a regional approach to energy resources; mineral value chains: upstream and benefication; agricultural value chains in the region; and regional collaboration: different approaches.
Watch a video of the Keynote Address: Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry.
Papers and presentation are available at: developmentdialogue.co.za and also at Forum papers.
For more information about the forum go to www.developmentdialogue.co.za

World Manufacturing Forum: Barcelona 3-4 May 2016

The theme of the upcoming World Manufacturing Forum is From Global Challenges to Grand Manufacturing Opportunities: Leading Towards Growth and Sustainability. The forum will assemble global policy experts, industry leaders from large multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises, and academic leaders to discuss the policy, economic, social, and technical challenges that impact global manufacturing.

To find out more about the event and how to attend, visit www.worldmanufacturingforum.org.

For additional information download World Manufacturing Forum and Draft Programme.

TIPS in the Media

City Press - 27 September, 2015
World at Work - 20 August, 2015