About Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
|Established in 1996, TIPS is an independent, non-profit research institution which is active in the SA and Southern African economic policy arena and co-ordinates a network of researchers. Our aim is to remain responsive to government and other clients’ research and information needs, to deliver high-quality, policy-relevant research, and to extend and deepen our public-good activities.|
Key Research Areas
TIPS’ current research activities are clustered around four thematic areas:
- Trade Analysis
- SMMEs & Local Economic Development
- Sector Analysis
- Economic Regulation
- Practitioner-focused practical research.
- Substantive research focused on immediate needs.
- Strategic ‘over the horizon’ public-good research for which there may be little immediate explicit demand.
TIPS commissions research that responds to the information needs of trade, industry and broader microeconomic policy-makers. It further influences the evolution of the policy environment by introducing longer term research engagement with emerging policy questions and broader trends in trade and industrial policy. A wide range of authors and institutions contribute an extensive set of published reports, articles and working papers each year, available at:
Policy briefings to government and civil society.
Maintenance of a media presence.
- Training courses, seminars and workshops.
- Scholarships, research grants and an active involvement in universities’ research agendas enable TIPS to assist in the continuous improvement of research quality.
Dissemination of Research
- Policy-focused Annual Forum.
- Small, structured workshops.
- Substantial biennial thematic volumes of policy-focused research.
- Working Paper series.
- Ad hoc Briefing Papers.
- Quarterly Trade & Industry Monitor.
Some of Our Clients
TIPS undertakes research for a broad range of local government departments, non-profit organisations and regional bodies:
- the dti
- The National Treasury
- The Department of Public Enterprises
- The National Department of Transport
- SADC Secretariat