29 May 2019 / 09:00 to 17:30
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), 234 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria, South Africa
Policy dialogue

TIPS workshop on southern African regional integration

On Wednesday, 29 May researchers from the SA-TIED work stream on Regional growth for southern Africa's prosperity gather together with policymakers and experts in trade and industrial policy from the southern African region to discuss recent research. The purpose of the work shop is to introduce new research on regional integration, regional trade, industrial policy, and economic development for the southern African region and to discuss with policymakers the opportunities for improving regional integration and shared prosperity. The workshop will be held at the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) headquarters and will feature sessions chaired by international experts from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia. This workshop will take place parallel to the annual TIPS Forum to be held on 30-31 May.

Learn more about the work stream on Regional growth for southern Africa's prosperity.





9:00 – 9:15

Welcome, introduction, and background

Saul Levin (TIPS)

9:15 – 10:45

Research presentations

Chair: Cornelius Dube (ZEPARU)


Black cat. White cat: Lessons from ASEAN

Sandy Lowitt


Spreading the gains: Prospects and policies for the development of regional value chains in the automotive, food, and retail sectors of southern Africa

Anthony Black


Motorcycle parts and the aftermarket industry regional value chain in southern Africa

Sithembiso Mtanga

10:45 – 11:00

Morning break


11:00 – 12:30

Research presentations

Chair: Lillian Mookodi (BIDPA)


The role of supermarket chains in developing food and other consumer goods’ suppliers in regional markets

Reena das Nair, Namhla Landani


Agro-processing machinery regional value chains in southern Africa

Gillian Chigumira

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break


13:30 – 15:30

Research presentations

Chair: Klaus Schade (IPPR)


Evaluating the impact of global oil prices on SADC and the potential for increased trade in biofuels and natural gas within the region

Alfred Moyo


Exploring implications and potential for trade following political shifts in Zimbabwe

Wellington Matsika

Shingie Chisoro


The contribution of tradable services within southern Africa

Justin Visagie

15:30 – 15:45

Afternoon break


15:45 – 16:30

Research Presentations

Chair: Pamela Nakamba-Kabaso (ZIPAR)


Charity begins at home: The political economy of non-tariff barriers to trade in Southern Africa

Tracy Ledger


From extraction to industrialisation: Local procurement in Ghanaian and Tanzanian gold mining industries

Michael Smith

16:30 – 17:00

Discussion: Policy outcomes from the research

Chair: John Page (UNU-WIDER)

Themba Khumalo (the dti)

17:00 – 17:15

Closing remarks

Anneline Chetty (the dti)