Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is an independent, non-profit, economic research institution established in 1996 to support economic policy development. TIPS undertakes quantitative and qualitative research, project management, dialogue facilitation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. Its areas of focus are: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion.


The Real Economy Bulletin
The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy.
Third Quarter 2020 is now out.

TIPS Tracker: The economy and the pandemic
Weekly Tracker highlighting trends in the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, and how they affect the economy.
21 September - 4 October 2020

TIPS Import Tracker
The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends.
Third Quarter 2020 is now out.

TIPS Export Tracker
The Export Tracker provides updates on export trends.
Second Quarter 2020 is now out.

TIPS FDI Tracker
The FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment.
First and Second Quarter 2020 are now out.

Manufacturing Subsectors
Notes on the main manufacturing subsectors in South Africa.

Upcoming events and Announcements

Policy Briefs

Recent Research

Working at TIPS


TIPS is offering a research grant to South African-based students studying at the Masters level. The grant is for R40 000. One research grant will be allocated every year.

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.