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African Trade and Industrial Development: Series 2 of the Future Manufacturing

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About the course

The manufacturing sector is experiencing a (r)evolution. Are you positioned to respond to these changes? Is your business future proof?

The final course within the series has a different orientation to the first two courses, but is of equal importance. It focuses on critical African trade and industrial development issues. The course is intended to sensitise participants to the potential role of the private sector in African market and production development, and the associated relationship dynamics with government policy (at multilateral and country-specific levels).

The first day of the course concentrates on African market developments, government policies relating to trade and industrial development, and the consequences for developing advanced production capabilities on the continent.

The second day comprises two parts. First, it considers specific global, regional, and bilateral trade policies impacting on African trade development and the consequences for South African manufacturers. Second, it interrogates the national government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and its associated objectives and implementation challenges.

As per the other two courses, these two days lead to a short project-week where participants are expected to work in syndicate groups to explore specific industrial and trade policy opportunities within the African automotive, clothing and textiles, and food processing sectors. These syndicate presentations are then presented and discussed during the third day of the course.

The final day features expert industry input on the practical challenges associated with African market, production, and trade development in the form of a morning panel discussion, followed by a detailed interrogation of lessons shared and their link to the course material covered.

Key focus areas:

  • Why regional markets matter;
  • African opportunities;
  • Role of government policy;
  • Policy challenges;
  • Global, regional, and bilateral trade policies;
  • South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan
  • Syndicate assignment: Explore an African industrial/ trade policy opportunity in:
    • Automotive, Clothing and Textiles, Food Processing;
  • Case presentations and discussion: Three sectors;
  • Expert panel: Leadership insights on African industrial development; and
  • From theory to practice: Defining appropriate strategic responses.

How you will benefit:

After attending all three programmes, you should fully understand: * * The key role of African trade and industrial development in the future of South African manufacturing; * Industrial and trade policy challenges that will need to be managed by manufacturers; * The multiple dimensions of the green manufacturing challenge, and how individual manufacturing businesses can respond to, and benefit from, the green (r)evolution – within their business and their supply chain; and * How technological and social forces will impact on manufacturing in the future.

Who should attend

Senior business and public-sector executives with manufacturing portfolios. The course will be taught at a masters’ level and executives should preferably also have a four-year technical or academic qualification.

Trust the experts

Justin Barnes

Dr. Justin Barnes is an expert in the field of industrial development. Justin has worked in the South African manufacturing sector since 1995. He co-established B&M Analysts in 1997 and left the University of Natal at the end of 2002 to focus on the company’s growing interests. He still, howe...


Faizel Ismail

Education: PhD (Manchester, UK); MPhil (IDS, Sussex, UK); LLB (UKZN-Pietermaritzburg); BA (UKZN-Pietermaritzburg). Current Professional Positions: Faizel Ismail is currently an Adjunct Professor at the UCT School of Economics and teaches a third year course on “International Trade Bargaining”. ...


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