Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI Industrial Development) based at the University of Johannesburg and the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa (EUD), in association with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) invites you to its 2019 Annual Forum with the theme on Innovation and Industrialisation.
The aim is to deepen the understanding of a cross section of issues involved in how innovation is a key feature of industrialisation and the related opportunities and challenges.
Innovation is an essential element for economic growth and technological upgrading is a key aspect of industrialisation. Despite increased public funds injected into science, technology and innovation (STI) as well as a series of policies designed to encourage innovation, South Africa’s innovation activities appear to be constrained. What then is South Africa’s ability to adapt and respond to technological change and especially discontinuous technological change?
The Forum is platform for researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders to present research and engage in dialogue on policy-relevant issues. The Forums have overarching themes and have been running since 1997. For details of past Forums and copies of research presented go to Forum Papers.