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.
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.
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).
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
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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.
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 amendment Bill has sparked debate on the role of competition in delivering increased participation and economic transformation. This is not surprising given that the nature of competitive rivalry and the identity of market participants are central to the quality of growth that can be achieved.
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.