The Forum is an annual event bringing together members of the research, academic and policy communities to discuss economic policy issues of South African and regional interest. The Forum is generally attended by upwards of 150 delegates, including senior academics and government officials from South Africa and the region. The 2005 event aimed to develop these links and strengthen the flow of relevant research into policy-making by focusing on economic growth, particularly through the lenses of sector strategies and trade policy. Forum 2005 was jointly organised by TIPS and the DPRU at the University of Cape Town, in association with UNU-WIDER (World Institute for Development Economic Research of the United Nations University). This was the ninth year that TIPS organised a Forum, which was funded by GTZ.