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. Fourth Quarter 2018 is now out.

Manufacturing Data

The TIPS manufacturing subsector notes provide information on contribution to GDP, employment, profitability and assets, market structure and dominant producers, major inputs and international trade.

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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 2019

  • Trade policy and practice: Module One
    Module One: Theme - SA’s bilateral relations with a focus on AGOA The three-day workshop will focus on the bilateral relationship between South Africa, the rest of Africa; and the EU, China and the US. The workshop will also consider key bilateral trade issues, such as the future of the SA/Africa – AGOA trade…
  • Value chain strategies for local and provincial development
    Economic development at the subnational level must generally leverage national and global value chains as sources of inputs, technologies and markets. The course is aimed at empowering provincial and local government officials to identifyopportunities arising out of national and international value chains, and to develop measures to take advantage of them in ways that are…

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • The Real Economy Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2018

    The bulletin is a review of quarterly trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries. Briefing notes in this issue are on The 2019 budget and industrialisation; and Unlocking the potential of renewable energy for public sector and communities. See The Real Economy Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2018.

  • TIPS Import Tracker - Q4 2018

    The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. It provides an overview of import patterns and look at the causes of surges in manufacturing imports, and their likely impact on industry. Quarter 4, 2018 is now available. Import Tracker Q4 2018

  • TIPS training programme for 2019

    TIPS training programme for 2019 includes Trade Policy and Practice; Value Chain Strategies; Industrial Policy for South Africa; Macroeconomics for Policymakers; and the Green Economy and Industrial Policy. For more go to Training Workshops.

  • The Real Economy Bulletin State of Small Business in South Africa 2019

    The second edition of the State of Small Business published by TIPS includes a review of trends in small business according to national data, and two briefing notes look at learnings from efforts to support small business in South Africa from Kate Philip’s new book, Markets on the Margins, and a summary of the main initiatives for small business in the Job Summit Framework Agreement. Read here.

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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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  • Economist (Level 1)
    Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for an Economist with one to two years’ work experience to assist…

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.