Trade & Industrial Policies 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 2019 is now out.

TIPS Import Tracker
The Import Tracker is a quarterly analysis of import trends. Third Quarter 2019 is now out.

TIPS FDI Tracker
FDI Tracker monitors inward foreign direct investment projects. Second Quarter 2019 is now out.

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

Upcoming events and Announcements

  • Book launch: The politics of trade in the era of hyperglobalisation - A Southern African perspective

    Friday 28 February 2020: 14:00 - 16:15. This book by Rob Davies presents an analysis of the political economy of trade negotiations over the past quarter century on two fronts: the multi-lateral and regional integration on the African continent. For details go to Book Launch.

  • Passing of Ben Turok

    TIPS is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Ben Turok.  TIPS worked closely with Ben over the past few years as he used his leadership role in the Institute for African Alternatives and the New Agenda journal to open space for engagement on heterodox responses to the socio-economic challenges facing South Africa. Ben was an inspiring orator and a prolific writer who played an important role in economic thinking and policy advocacy.  From his contributions to the Freedom Charter 70 years ago to his recent work on structural inequality and economic dependency in modern South Africa and the continent, he promoted a vision of a more inclusive and equitable society. He was deeply concerned about the persistence of profound inequalities in wealth, incomes and power in South Africa, as well as the slow pace of structural transformation in African economies. He will be missed.

  • TIPS Forum 2020 Regional Industrial Development - Call for papers

    TIPS is calling for papers on regional industrial development for its 2020 Forum. To be considered, abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14 February 2020. For more about the Forum, its context and themes go to Forum 2020.

Policy Briefs

Recent Research


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.