Industrial Development

Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT)

The IDTT was established in 2017 as a collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). This research progamme examines structural transformation in the South African economy.

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Industrial development research programme (IDRP)

The orientation and interests of large firms are at the heart of how countries develop. However, the decisions, strategies and responsiveness of firms to government interventions for industrialisation are poorly understood in the South African context. This study focuses on assessing the impact and effectiveness of government interventions for industrialisation.

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local industrial development

The Department of Economic Development (DED) at the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is concerned with economic development and transformation in Johannesburg. The character of economic activity in Johannesburg has been shifting over time; away from primary and secondary sectors and towards services.

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Competition and Barriers to Entry

Barriers to entry (BTE)

Barriers to entry, by creating and reinforcing the market power of large firms, tend to lead to higher prices, lower levels of innovation and a less competitive economy. In a country like South Africa where there are significant challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality, it is critical to understand the nature and extent of barriers to entry in the economy, in order to ensure that regulatory and policy interventions have a meaningful impact on creating inclusive and shared growth.

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Regional Value Chains


The improved growth dynamics in Africa in general, and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in particular, has led to rapid growth in regional trade combined with an improved political and economic environment within the region. So far regional integration has mainly involved the ‘easy’ first stage toward integration — exchange of market access — and several major issues have surfaced with respect to the regional integration agenda, for example; broad-based policy steps needed to deepen regional integration have slowed considerably, and a notable incoherence between national policies and the regional integration agenda.

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Innovation and Inclusion Industrialisation in Agro-Processing is a two-year collaboration between researchers from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Johannesburg, and the Economic and Social Research Foundation, Tanzania. The projects is a comparative study conducted across Tanzania and South Africa focusing on three value chains: maize meal, citrus and dairy.  

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The Department of Trade and Industry requires research support as part of its aim to achieve greater levels of African industrial development with, and through, economic integration in Africa. Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) drafted a concept note, proposing key elements of an African Industrial Development and Integration Research Project (AIDIRP) that will inform the strategic direction taken by South Africa, with a regional focus on Southern and East Africa.

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Regional Growth and Development in Southern Africa project

Countries in the southern African region face challenges when it comes to the transformation of their economies, the need for job creation and the sharing of the benefits of growth. In a project commissioned and funded by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), this series of research papers develops regional growth and development initiatives that generate economic transformation and widely shared development benefits.

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