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: industrial policy, trade and regional integration, sustainable growth, and a just transition to a sustainable inclusive economy.


The Real Economy Bulletin
The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy.
Fourth Quarter 2022 is now out.

The Real Economy Bulletin:
The State of Small Business

The REB State of Small Business in South Africa looks at the contribution of small businesses to the economy: 2023 is now out.

The Real Economy Bulletin: Provincial Review
The REB Provincial Review analyses developments in the real economy at the provincial level: 2022 is now out.

Green Economy Bulletin 
The Green Economy Bulletin provides an overview of South Africa’s progress in creating a sustainable, low-carbon economy. GEC 2022 is now out

TIPS FDI Tracker
The FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment. Fourth Quarter 2022 is now out.

TIPS Export Tracker
The Export Tracker provides updates on export trends.
Fourth Quarter 2022 is now out.

TIPS Import Tracker
The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends.
Third Quarter 2022 is now out.

Imports Localisation
Quarterly reports of imports that South Africa could possibly viably manufacture. Third Quarter 2022 is now out.

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

Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Read the latest TIPS newsletter

    The May TIPS newsletter reports on some of our recent projects, including the latest editions of the REB State of Small Business and Provincial Review, the Black Intustrialists Case Studies, the Annual Forum and APORDE, with links to research and policy briefs. Read here.

  • TIPS Forum 2023


    TIPS will host its Annual Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-2 August 2023. The theme is Industrial Policy in an era of global structural change: Implications for Southern Africa. For more information go to:

  • Green Economy Bulletin 2022

    This new TIPS publication tracks South Africa's progress towards an inclusive green economy with 14 national indicators to understand the country's path to transition. Read here: Green Economy Bulletin 2022

Policy Briefs

Recent Research

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.