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In 2005 and 2006, TIPS presented a number of courses and workshops on trade data and trade policy geared to assist SADC states in forthcoming trade negotiations. More than 120 policy analysts and researchers in Southern African were trained in trade data manipulation and advanced trade analysis in 2005 alone. About 80 people attended the training courses in 2006, and in each country there are now at least five to 10 people in the policy, research or civil society communities who can competently download, analyse and interpret the data and analytical functions available in the SAD Trade Database.


TIPS: Trade Analysis Training Workshop
Monday, 27 April, 2009 - 11:00 to Thursday, 30 April, 2009 - 16:00
Lusaka, Zambia
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies is pleased to announce that a training workshop is to take place on the analysis of trade. Participants are from the Zambian Trade Ministry.


Call for Papers: TIPS Annual Forum 2008 - South Africa’s economic miracle – has the emperor lost his clothes?
Wednesday, 29 October, 2008 - 02:00 to Friday, 31 October, 2008 - 02:00
After a number of years of strong economic growth and relative macroeconomic stability, the South African economy now seems to be facing an especially uncertain outlook. The catalyst for the uncertain outlook may have been international developments, but domestic policy failures appear to have...
Trade Data Analysis Course (Cours d'Analyse Commerciale: Intégration Régionale et Performances Commerciales)
Monday, 17 March, 2008 - 02:00 to Wednesday, 19 March, 2008 - 02:00
Antananarivo, Madagascar
In March 2008, members of the TIPS team, Myriam Velia and Ximena Gonzalez-Nuñez, provided a series of training sessions in Antananarivo, Madagascar to participants from a wide range of backgrounds - government and customs officials, industry representatives and statistical employees. The course,...
Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling Workshop
Wednesday, 12 March, 2008 - 02:00 to Thursday, 20 March, 2008 - 02:00
TIPS / The ComMark Trust Office, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria
The IT revolution has allowed techniques that were once the preserve of a handful of leading theoreticians to become part of the practical economist's everyday toolkit. CGE modelling is one of a number of approaches to economy-wide analysis that have become accessible and practicable as data- and...
Development Dialogue Seminar Series
Friday, 25 January, 2008 - 16:00 to Friday, 25 January, 2008 - 17:30
TIPS/ ComMark Trust Office, 826 Government Ave. Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
The Development Dialogue Seminar series is a new Seminar Series hosted by TIPS and the Commark Trust. The Seminars will generally be held in the afternoon of the last Friday of the month, and will start at 14h00 and conclude at 15h30 though discussions can continue after 15h30. The Seminar...


Workshop on the Teaching and Research of Trade and Poverty - Conceptual and Methodological Approaches, and Policy Implications
Monday, 19 November, 2007 - 02:00 to Friday, 23 November, 2007 - 02:00
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
The UNCTAD Virtual Institute (VI) builds capacity in developing and least developed countries by providing universities and research institutions with tools to enhance their knowledge and expertise in trade, investment and development issues. In cooperation with the Division on Africa and the Least...
8th African Crop Science Society Conference
Saturday, 27 October, 2007 - 02:00 to Wednesday, 31 October, 2007 - 02:00
El-Minia, Egypt
Full papers should be submitted by 30 April 2007. Upload abstracts, register, view programme and more information at conference website
Call for Papers - The 10th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops - Africa Branch (Istrc-Ab)
Monday, 8 October, 2007 - 02:00 to Friday, 12 October, 2007 - 02:00
Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre, Maputo, Mozambique
Abstracts due 1 May 2007.
Advanced Trade Analysis Course: Regional Integration and Trade Performance
Tuesday, 2 October, 2007 - 02:00 to Thursday, 4 October, 2007 - 02:00
Zebra Lodge, Pretoria
The successful and rapid progression of the Eastern and Southern African integration process needs to be underpinned by comprehensive expertise from the region, including government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and academics. Regional integration has become increasingly...
Introduction to Economy-Wide Policy Impact Analysis
Monday, 24 September, 2007 - 02:00 to Friday, 28 September, 2007 - 02:00
Workshop introduction Most economics curricula deal with macroeconomic tools for studying the economy as a whole or microeconomic tools for studying the behaviour of individual agents or markets. However, practical public and private sector economic analysts often need to focus on the...
Southern Africa Development Research Network Launch Workshop
Thursday, 30 August, 2007 - 02:00
The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa (a map to the Innovation Hub is available here)
TIPS is pleased to announce the launch of a new development-focused research network funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). SADRN’s broad objectives are to: Increase the supply of policy-relevant research in the SADC region by creating a pool of suitably-...
The cost of non-tariff barriers to business along the North-South corridor (South Africa-Zimbabwe) via Beit Bridge
Wednesday, 29 August, 2007 - 12:30 to Wednesday, 29 August, 2007 - 14:30
BUSA Offices, 1st Floor, 3 Gwen Lane, Sandton, Johannesburg
Liberalisation of goods trade has enjoyed substantial advances in Southern Africa in recent years, notably through the SADC and COMESA free trade agreements (FTAs). Notwith-standing ongoing problems with rules of origin pertaining to tariff concessions, tariff rates have been reduced substantially...
Southern African Trade Database Workshop
Thursday, 21 June, 2007 - 02:00 to Thursday, 21 June, 2007 - 02:00
Windhoek, Namibia
TIPS will conduct a Southern African Trade Database workshop on 21 June in Windhoek, Namibia as a follow-up to the workshop held in 2006, but this time the focus will be on the updated SADC trade data and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations, as well as on agricultural trade by...
Fourth African Agricultural Science Week
Sunday, 10 June, 2007 - 02:00 to Saturday, 16 June, 2007 - 02:00
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
To apply, visit
Third General Meeting on Biotechnology, Breeding & Seed Systems for African Crops - ICV3
Monday, 26 March, 2007 - 02:00 to Thursday, 29 March, 2007 - 02:00
Maputo, Mozambique
The ICV3 conference is organised by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM). The objective of the meeting is to give plant breeders, molecular biologists, and seed specialists linked to the Foundation's program on African Crops an opportunity to...
Introductory Course on Computable General Equilibrium Modelling
Thursday, 8 March, 2007 - 02:00 to Friday, 16 March, 2007 - 02:00
Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), 814 Church Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
TIPS is pleased to announce the hosting of a short course on computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling, taking place at the TIPS offices in Pretoria from 8-16 March 2007. The course is available to a limited number of 12 participants. The IT revolution has allowed techniques that were...
Advanced Trade Analysis Course
Monday, 19 February, 2007 - 02:00 to Wednesday, 21 February, 2007 - 02:00
Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), 814 Church Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
[Please note: Registration for this course is now closed.]SADC member states are currently engaged in complex EPA negotiations with the European Union whilst SACU members have a challenging schedule of bilateral negotiations with the US, India and China. Moreover, although WTO negotiations are...
Online invitation: Data Training and Trade Analysis Workshop
Tuesday, 30 January, 2007 - 02:00
Maseru, Lesotho
The key to having sound economic policies is adequate information and analysis to facilitate informed decision-making. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Co-operative and Marketing (MTICM) of Lesotho has limited data and analysis capacity necessary to assess trade flows and formulate trade...


Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Thursday, 30 November, 2006 - 02:00 to Friday, 1 December, 2006 - 02:00
Maputo, Mozambique
The workshop in Mozambique provided an opportunity to test the SADC Trade Database against the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) targets. The RISDP is SADC's 15-year regional integration development framework for achieving long-term economic growth and sustainability goals...
Book of Abstracts: First International Meeting on Cassava Breeding, Biotechnology and Ecology
Saturday, 11 November, 2006 - 02:00 to Wednesday, 15 November, 2006 - 02:00
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Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Friday, 13 October, 2006 - 02:00
Gaborone, Botswana
Botswana is a special case when it comes to trade data checks, given that it is the only country in the region that has to do three-way exchange rate conversions. This is due to the fact that the country's trade data is first captured in Unit of Accounting (UA), which is a Rand-equivalent...
Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Thursday, 21 September, 2006 - 02:00 to Saturday, 23 September, 2006 - 02:00
Lilongwe, Malawi
Malawi's exports are dominated by tobacco products, which account for over 50% of total exports. The SADC Trade Database workshop was held to evaluate other exported commodities, their growth rates, as well as the growth in their markets. However, given the limited access to Internet facilities...
Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Tuesday, 5 September, 2006 - 02:00 to Friday, 8 September, 2006 - 02:00
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Since this was the first capacity-building workshop to be held in Tanzania, TIPS facilitators emphasised the background to and development of the SADC Trade database, institutional relations and technical aspects such as the Installation of the Beyond 2020 browser, the development of macros and...
Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Monday, 24 July, 2006 - 02:00 to Wednesday, 26 July, 2006 - 02:00
Gaborone, Botswana
TIPS received a request from the SADC Secretariat to conduct a training course at SADC House in Gabarone, Botswana. The SADC Secretariat’s Directorate of Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) supports regional integration endeavors by making relevant, timely and accurate statistical...
Introduction to International Market Analysis Tools - Using TradeMap & ProductMap
Thursday, 1 June, 2006 - 02:00
TIPS held an introductory training workshop on the use of the ITC's online Market Analysis Tools TradeMap and ProductMap for officials from the SADC Secretariat, the dti and the Department of Agriculture. The seminar focused on the use of the ITC's tools for market analysis in the...
Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Friday, 12 May, 2006 - 02:00 to Saturday, 12 August, 2006 - 02:00
Lusaka, Zambia
TIPS partnered with KEPA, a Finnish institute based in Lusaka, to organise this workshop. KEPA not only assisted with the logistical arrangements but also invited to the event some of the institutions it works with closely on trade issues, enabling TIPS to introduce the SADC Trade Database in...
Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshop
Thursday, 6 April, 2006 - 02:00 to Friday, 7 April, 2006 - 02:00
University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
The course in Zambia was conducted at the request of the University of Zambia. A workshop was held to explore the question of whether Zambia should belong to SADC, Comesa or both. (Lusaka is the headquarters of the COMESA Secretariat; Zambia has membership of both COMESA and SADC.) The trade data...
Country Visit Data Manipulation and Analysis Training Workshops
Wednesday, 8 February, 2006 - 02:00 to Friday, 10 February, 2006 - 02:00
Windhoek, Namibia
SADC came into existence in 1980, when it was formed as a loose alliance of nine majority-ruled States in Southern Africa known as the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC), with the main aim of co-ordinating development projects. The transformation of the organisation from...


Introduction to International Market Analysis Tools - Using TradeMap & ProductMap
Tuesday, 1 November, 2005 - 02:00
TIPS presented a brief workshop on using the ITC's online Market Analysis Tools to SADC regional business organisations, aimed at enabling private sector stakeholders to incorporate the ITC's trade data, market and product studies and business intelligence more effectively into their...
Advanced Data Training Workshops
Monday, 1 August, 2005 - 02:00 to Thursday, 1 September, 2005 - 02:00
Researchers and database experts from TIPS gave several trade data training sessions to SADC trade officials involved in Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations under the auspices of the SADC Secretariat.
Advanced Data Analysis Course
Monday, 1 August, 2005 - 02:00
11 in-country researchers – from Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Malawi, Nambia and South Africa – attended a three-day course at TIPS on trade analysis and how to use the SADC Trade Database to develop SADC country profiles, which were...
Basic Data Training Workshops
Sunday, 1 May, 2005 - 02:00 to Thursday, 1 December, 2005 - 02:00
As part of the capacity-building component of TIPS and AusAID’s SADC Trade Development Programme, TIPS between May and December 2005 undertook basic trade data training workshops in eight SADC countries – Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Nambia and South Africa...
Modelling: Introduction to Economy-wide Policy Impact Analysis
Friday, 1 April, 2005 - 02:00
Input-output analysis, complemented by means of Social Accountring Matrices (SAMs), is often used as a tool to conduct meso-level economic enquiry. Researchers frequently use these tools to analyse the impact on production, the envuironment, prices, employment and income effects of policy-related...
EPA Negotiations Workshop
Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni, Johannesburg
Since 2005 there have been two training workshops to equip interested individuals and organisations to prepare for the Economic Partnerships Agreement (EPA) negotiations. As the SADC EPA negotiations are now heading towards the final months, one more workshop is offered on behalf of Dr Chris...