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 First Quarter 2018 and Special Edition: The State of Small Business in South Africa 2017 are 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 2017

  • Green economy in context
    10-11 October 2018 A course for public sector officials, development agencies and sustainability managers, whose jobs entail an understanding of the Green Economy within their sphere of work. The course considers the opportunities to advance to low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive development and how to apply ‘green economy’ concepts in the current policy…
  • Trade policy and South Africa (Module 3): Globalisation and multilateral trading system
    24-26 October 2018 Trade policy and South Africa: Globalisation and ultilateral trading system: Simulating the Bali Ministerial Conference 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…

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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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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.