Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI) based at the University of Johannesburg and the UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT), and in association with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), invites you to its 2022 Annual Forum with the theme Towards a Just Transition: The Role of Industrial Policy.
The Forum seeks to facilitate knowledge sharing and deepen the understanding of the dynamics of moving towards a just transition. It will consider how industrial policy can support and drive structural transformation towards a just transition, so that South Africa’s move to a low-carbon economy is inclusive and equitable, and ensures social protection for affected communities and workers.
The Forum offers an opportunity for discussion on the various dimensions of green industrialisation and green industrial policy in the South African context. The Forum will consider the challenges and opportunities of pursuing a just transition, as well as providing an opportunity to share case studies and international best practices.
Last, the Forum will provide an opportunity for presenters to highlight the various existing initiatives in South Africa, in the broader context of regional and global value chains.
Calls to diversify and divest from a dependence on coal are growing, and South Africa is under pressure to reduce emissions and accelerate its transition to a low-carbon economy, to meet its Paris Agreement goals. It is important to put in place appropriate policies to drive the transition. The Presidential Climate Commission was established in 2020 to enable policies to support South Africa’s just transition. Many of South Africa’s key trading partners support the adoption of low-carbon policies and intend to reduce emissions and impose trade restrictions on carbon-intensive goods. Without fundamental moves towards green manufacturing, South Africa risks losing its global competitiveness and export markets. Efforts by government are important, as they provide a signal to the private sector to encourage investment in building resilient energy systems, sustainable agriculture, green industrialisation, and in reshaping value chains.
The 2022 TIPS Forum will be held in a hybrid format allowing for both
in-person and virtual participation.
Please note that we will require that all in-person attendees wear masks throughout the event and provide proof of vaccination.
For those joining virtually, the Forum will use Zoom.
You are required to register for the event in order to receive the Zoom link.
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.