Public seminar by Norman Manoim and Competition and Economic Regulation for Inclusive Growth in Southern Africa book launch

24 October 2019, 18:00-19:30

Venue: Chalsty Teaching and Conference Centre, Law School Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

The new Competition Amendment Act, which comes into force on the 20th anniversary of the Competition Act, has changed the face of traditional competition law in South Africa in several ways. The Amendment Act includes a more explicit focus on inclusion, particularly of black owned businesses and SMEs, it specifically aims to address the buying and selling power of dominant firms, and it empowers the authorities, through market inquiries, with powers to break up firms if the markets in which they are operating are not functioning competitively, even if the firms have not contravened the law.

Do the recent amendments go far enough to deal with entrenched concentration and barriers to entry, and can they effectively contribute to addressing endemic inequality in South Africa? What can we learn from the record of competition law enforcement in South Africa and the power of the law to improve economic participation for marginalised groups and firms? What role is there for civil society and research in informing the work of competition authorities and realising the objectives of the competition law?

Public Seminar: The Mandela Institute (MI) at the University of Witwatersrand and CCRED at the University of Johannesburg are pleased to invite you to an Open Society Foundation public seminar presented by former Chairperson of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa and Acting Director of MI, Mr. Norman Manoim.

Book Launch: The session will include the launch of the edited volume by Profs Jonathan Klaaren, Simon Roberts and Imraan Valodia, titled Competition and Economic Regulation for Inclusive Growth in Southern Africa (2019, Jacana Publishers), which speaks to the challenges and impacts of competition law and economic regulation throughout Southern Africa.

Complementary copies of the book will be available for seminar attendees!

Date: 24 October 2019, 18:00-19:30, Light refreshments will be served.
Venue: Chalsty Teaching and Conference Centre, Law School Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Click here for directions)
RSVP: To Julius Nyamwena by 22 October 2019, at juliusn@uj.ac.za

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LIMITS OF TRANSFORMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LIMITS OF TRANSFORMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

Since the 2012 Marikana killings there has been a boom in scholarship about labour relations in the South African mining sector, focused primarily on the ability of workers to organise and the role of state violence in policing strikes. Quality of life issues in mining communities are usually explored only insofar as they affect these labour relations. This focus is incomplete, because it ignores the way that services and infrastructure in mining communities affect local residents who have no formal links to the mine.

Stuck in the Middle: Premature deindustrialisation and industrial policy? South Africa's challenges in an international context

Stuck in the Middle: Premature deindustrialisation and industrial policy? South Africa's challenges in an international context

Benchmarking South Africa against international industrial performances and policy experiences offers an opportunity to identify those countries facing similar challenges and assess the extent to which their policy responses are feasible in the South African context, both from an economic and political economy perspectives. In this lecture two leading economists analyse the major global structural transformation underway in the industrial landscape, its impact on middle-income countries and the premature deindustrialisation trap.

Ripe for the picking? Exploiting South Africa’s potential in fruit to grow employment and increase participation

Ripe for the picking? Exploiting South Africa’s potential in fruit to grow employment and increase participation

Strong growth in global demand for fresh fruit presents opportunities to grow exports, increase participation of emerging black farmers and create employment. However, challenges of market access and readiness, particularly phytosanitary standards, limited technical skills and capabilities, including logistics bottlenecks, limit this potential.

Panel Session on Innovation for inclusive and sustainable industrialisation

Most countries that have managed to reach high levels of economic and social development have done so by advancing their industrial sectors. However, industrialisation patterns currently coexist with profound disparities in economic performance across countries, regions and communities; as well as unsustainable environmental practices and effects.

This panel will discuss various ways in which innovation can support and be a driver of inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. The panellists will refer to ongoing efforts taking place: (1) at the ‘Community of Practice in Innovation and Inclusive industrialisation’ hosted by the SARChI in industrial development at UJ, (2) the Africalics Post-doctoral Programme on ‘Developing Innovation Capabilities for Sustainable and Inclusive Industrialisation in Africa’ in collaboration with Aalborg University (Denmark), and (3) the Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT) housed in CCRED (UJ).

Panellists
Moderator: Dr Erika Kraemer-Mbula (Senior Researcher, SARChI in Industrial Development, University of Johannesburg)

  • Dr Rasmus Lema (Aalborg University) Innovation Trajectories in Developing Countries: Co-evolution of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems
  • Prof Edward Lorenz (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France) Emerging Technologies, Innovation and Sustainable Industrial Development in Africa
  • Dr Ann Kingiri (African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi) – Understanding the diffusion and adoption of digital finance innovation in emerging economies: M-PESA money mobile transfer service in Kenya
  • Ms Pamela Mondliwa (Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development – CCRED, UJ)Industry 4.0: Insights from South Africa

Date:  25 June 2018

Time: 16:00 to 18:00

Venue: CCRED Seminar Room, 1st Floor, 6 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Click here for map

RSVP by email to infoccred@uj.ac.za before 24 June  2018.

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Structural transformation along the metals, machinery and equipment value chain – building capabilities in the metals and machinery segments

Structural transformation along the metals, machinery and equipment value chain – building capabilities in the metals and machinery segments

The trajectory of South Africa’s industrial development has centered on the mining, metals and energy value chains, which has historically been characterised by very strong intra-sectoral relationships. The mining and basic metals industries were beneficiaries of favourable electricity tariffs, investment and logistics support aimed at promoting its competitiveness.

Challenges of industrial policy for middle income economies: new thinking and comparative insights for South Africa

Challenges of industrial policy for middle income economies: new thinking and comparative insights for South Africa

Over the past two decades the global industrial landscape has been reshaped by profound structural and technological transformations. The rise of new industrial powers, China in particular, has led to the restructuring of global production systems and the reorganisation of production cycles, as well as changes in global trade patterns.

"The Competition Commission’s Draft Guidelines on the Exchange of Information between Competitors" Roundtable discussion

"The Competition Commission’s Draft Guidelines on the Exchange of Information between Competitors" Roundtable discussion

Agreeing upon and sustaining cartel outcomes requires some form of communication between competitors. The role of information exchange in dampening competition or facilitating cartel conduct is a contentious topic and one that the Competition Commission continues to face as firms find more creative and sophisticated ways to collude.

Invitiation to a seminar on: International Financial Flows and Financial Crises

Invitiation to a seminar on: International Financial Flows and Financial Crises

The African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE), in association with the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on ‘International Financial Flows and Financial Crisis Seminar’ .