Development Dialogue Seminars

The Development Dialogue Seminar is a seminar series hosted by TIPS. The seminars offer a platform to share views and ideas on specific development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Though the seminar programme has been designed for government officials for whom the themes tackled are of relevance, the seminars fact focuses on a wide range of topical development issues. The themes covered span the informal economy to specific trade negotiation challenges. The seminars also attempts to offer perspectives from other countries in the region and beyond.

Who can attend?

Government officials and others who contribute to policy are targeted by the seminar series but all are welcome, though places are limited.

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If you would like to attend please contact Rozale Sewduth at Please specify food allergies if any, as a light lunch will be served prior to the seminar.

  • Date Friday, 25 March 2011
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom - 826 Government Ave, Arcadia, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Stephen Timm, Mike Herrington
The discussion will draw on information gathered on a face to face basis by Stephen Timm from entrepreneurs and government agencies in Brazil, India and South Africa in 2010. The discussion will focus on the following issues: How can business support, a culture of entrepreneurship, market support (set-asides) and finance…

  • Date Friday, 12 August 2011
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Willam Mbuta, Trudi Hartzenberg & Paul Kruger
William Mbuta was the Science and Technology Development Officer at the National Science and Technology Council of Zambia before becoming assistant general manager in the area of policy research at a Chamber of Mines; he them worked at the SADC Secretariat where he was Programme Officer – Industrial Policy at…

  • Date Friday, 21 January 2011
  • Venue 826 Government Ave, Arcadia, Pretoria
Jennifer Widner is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for International Peace Justice at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton in 2004, she was Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and…

  • Date Monday, 20 September 2010
  • Venue 826 Government Ave, Arcadia, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Brent Cloete: Peet du Plooy
  • Organisation TIPS
Brent Cloete from DNA Economics will discuss the motivation for a carbon tax, its history around the world, its likely economic, social and environmental impacts and the considerations for an optimal tax design. Peet du Plooy from TIPS will then consider the role that a carbon tax could potentially play…

  • Date Friday, 07 May 2010
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Dr. Matthew Stern and Prof. Roman Grynberg
  • Organisation TIPS
Dr. Matthew Stern & Prof. Roman Grynberg The SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Looking Backwards & Thinking Forwards Chair: Xavier Carim, ITED (the DTI)   Xavier Carim is deputy director-general of International Trade & Economic Development at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). He was previously chief director in the ITED division…

  • Date Friday, 23 April 2010
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Johann Fedderke
  • Organisation TIPS
  Professor Johann Fedderke Sustainable Growth in South Africa Chair: Alan Hirsch, The Presidency   About Professor Johann Fedderke Johann Fedderke is a Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economy and a position in the Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand. He…

  • Date Friday, 16 April 2010
  • Venue TIPS, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria (Entrance in Percy Street)
  • Organisation TIPS
Professor Medhi Shafaeddin Experience of South-South Regionalism: The Case of East and South East Asia   About Professor Medhi Shafaeddin Professor Mehdi Shafaeddin is a development economist and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He is currently an international consultant affiliated to the Institute of Economic Research, University of Neuchâtel,…

  • Date Friday, 24 July 2009
Johan Fourie Tourism from a Trade Perspective: Sources of Comparative Advantages and Implications for South Africa and the Region About Johan Fourie Johan Fourie is lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University.  Johan is currently pursuing his PhD in Economic History at Utrecht University.  His interests are wide…

  • Date Friday, 03 July 2009
Dr. Neil Rankin What Do We Know About South African Exporters From Micro-Data? About Dr. Rankin: Dr Neil Rankin is a Senior Lecturer and the founding Director of the African Microeconomics Research Umbrella (AMERU) in the School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Dr Rankin obtained…

  • Date Wednesday, 10 June 2009
  • Venue 826 Government Avenue, Arcadia (entrance at the corner of Percy & Government Avenue)
TIPS has the pleasure to invite you to the following Development Dialogue Seminar: Professor Albert Berry on  What Can Developing Countries Learn About Curbing Inequality From The Record Of Industrial Countries?   About Professor Albert Berry: Albert Berry is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Research Director of the Programme on Latin…

  • Date Friday, 08 May 2009
TIPS has the pleasure to invite you to the following Development Dialogue Seminar: Dr.Veena Jha India Emerging: Reality Checks in a Globalizing Economy About Dr. Jha Dr. Veena Jha is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Advanced studies, University of Warwick, UK, and a research fellow at the…

  • Date Friday, 15 May 2009
Nicola Viegi (UCT) Ben Smit (BER & Stellenbosch) & Christopher Loewald (National Treasury) South Africa and the Credit Crunch. About the panel members: Dr Christopher Loewald was appointed Deputy Director-General of the new Economic Policy Division of the National Treasury in March 2006.  He ran the 2006 Budget as Acting…

  • Date Friday, 27 March 2009
Dr. Neva Makgetla  Moving Away from Resource Dependence. About Dr. Neva Makgetla: Dr Neva Makgetla is lead economist for research and information at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), which she joined in October 2008. She is seconded part-time as Sector Strategies Co-ordinator for the Presidency. From 2006 to…

  • Date Tuesday, 03 March 2009
  • Main Speakers Prof. Robert Z. Lawrence
Prof. Robert Z. Lawrence  Recent Trends in International Trade and the Impact of the Financial Crisis on International Trade and the Southern Africa Region. Chair: Alan Hirsch About Prof. Robert Z. Lawrence Professor Robert Lawrence is Professor of International Trade and Investment at John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.…

  • Date Monday, 08 December 2008
  • Venue TIPs/ Commark Offices - 826 Government Avenue, Arcadia
You are kindly invited to the following Development Dialogue Seminar: Prof. Carlo Pietrobelli The Logic & the Method of Industrial Policy: Concepts & Practices. Note that a light lunch will be provided afterwards. About Prof. Carlo Pietrobelli : Carlo Pietrobelli is Professor of International Economics at the University of Rome…

  • Date Friday, 26 September 2008
  • Venue TIPS/ The Commark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
Presenter: John Ledger completed a B.Sc. Honours degree in Zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1965 and thereafter worked at the South African Institute for Medical Research as a research scientist in the Department of Medical Entomology. He spent 18 years at the SAIMR, completing his Doctorate at…

  • Date Friday, 29 August 2008
  • Venue TIPS/ The Commark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
Presenter: Tony Hawkins was founder-director of the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at the University of Zimbabwe and now Professor of Economics at the GSM. He is a consultant for an international bank and writes widely on African economic issues.  

  • Date Friday, 25 July 2008
  • Venue TIPS/ The Commark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
Presenter: Sandy Lowitt obtained a Baccalaur ©at International in Geneva and went on to complete a Master of Commerce (MCom) degree in economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. She taught Economics at Wits University until 1994 when she joined the Gauteng Department of Finance and Economic Affairs. She still…

  • Date Friday, 27 June 2008
  • Venue TIPS/ The Commark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Victor Tokman
Presenter:  Victor Tokman is an economic advisor to the President of Chile, based in Santiago. He has a doctorate degree in economics from Oxford University, an MA in Development Studies from the University of Chile and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) degree from the University of Rosario in Argentina. He…

  • Date Friday, 30 May 2008
  • Venue TIPS/ The Commark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
Reducing Exchange Rate Volatility and Supporting Competitiveness Co-ordinators Prof. Dr. E. Schaling Prof. Dr. E. Schaling studied macroeconomics at the Faculty of Economic and Business Administration at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, currently Europe's number one faculty in terms of research output. After obtaining his doctorate at the same university with…
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