TIPS Training Workshops 2019 (7)

For information about the TIPS Training courses and to register, contact Rozale Sewduth

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Industrial policy is central to South Africa’s national economic development strategy. The Industrial Policy Action Plan was introduced in 2008 as a rolling three-year implementation plan for the National Industrial Policy Framework. The training programme will acquaint participants with the underlying logic of industrial policy; the pros and cons of available measures and policy instruments; and methods for engaging business, labour and communities as key stakeholders
in economic policy. It will take a practical, hands-on approach based principally on analysis of South African experiences and evidence.

FACILITATORS: Dr Neva Makgetla and Saul Levin

DURATION: 1-2 October 2019 (2 days)

COST: R6 000 (VAT incl) per participant

Under the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS), an impact evaluation is required for all new regulations and legislation that goes to Cabinet. SEIAS is often also used to evaluate policies and measures even if
not required. The system does not require calculation of all costs and benefits, but often analyses could be strengthened by basic quantification. The course will enable participants to pinpoint where quantification is appropriate and to use relevant analytical techniques and data sources.

FACILITATOR: Dr Neva Makgetla

DURATION: 23-24 October 2019 (2 days)

COST: R6000 (VAT incl) per participant

Macroeconomic policy provides the context and environment within which all other economic and industrial policies operate. Given the massive challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty facing South Africa, the country requires a developmental macroeconomic stance. Unfortunately, South African macroeconomic policy and the surrounding debate has not adequately kept pace with the diverse critical and developmental scholarship that has emerged, in particular in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis.

There is increasing concern that macroeconomic policy is not doing enough to advance a developmental agenda. Macroeconomic policy faces the challenge of (re)defining its role in job creation, growing and restructuring the economy,
encouraging productive investment, reducing inequality, supporting a just tranisition to a sustainable future, and improving socio-economic conditions in South Africa. At the same time, it must play its traditional role of ensuring a “stable”
economic environment, while we revisit what this means in practice.

FACILITATOR: Dr Gilad Isaacs

DURATION: 12-14 November 2019 (3 days)

COST: R8 000 (VAT incl) per participant

The course considers the interplay between industrial policy and the just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient, socially-inclusive and environmentally-sustainable economy and society. It looks at the theoretical foundations as well as the practicalities of designing and implementing green industrial policy in South Africa.

FACILITATOR: Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

DURATION: 5-6 November 2019 (2 days)

COST: R5 300 (VAT incl) per participant

The focus of the two-day workshop is to familiarise subnational economic practioners with national economic dynamics, structures and performance. The foundation course covers: basic economic theory on core macro and microeconomic flows, an introduction to economic and social structures and institutions using WEF, IMF and WB reviews and measures; and an applied explanation of SARB Quarterly Review data. This foundational course aims to provide participants with a greater understanding of the national context in which they operate and how this context creates opportunities and challenges to their economic planning and project implementation.


DURATION: 7-8 Oct 2019 (2 days)

COST: R6000 (VAT incl) per participant

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Module Three: Theme - SA's role in the multilateral trading system

This three-day workshop will consider South Africa’s role in the multilateral trading system with a focus on the World Trade Organization.

FACILITATOR: Dr Faizel Ismail

DURATION: 15-17 October 2019 (3 days)

COST: R8 000 (VAT incl)

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Targets primarily managers and policy analysts, although it is also useful for those wishing to become modellers who want to get a taste of what it is like. It introduces participants to the key components of standard CGE models, emphasising how to use economy-wide models and the economic interpretation of their outputs, rather than the techniques of building them. The models are run using a specially developed MS Excel interface with specialised modelling software. For details of the workshop, see An Overview of TIPS Workshops on Economy-wide Analysis. This is Workshop B.

FACILITATORS: Dirk van Seventer and Rob Davies

DURATION: 28 October - 1 November 2019

COST: R18 810 (VAT incl)

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