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Towards a Just Transition: The role of Industrial Policy

Main Organiser

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)

1 August 2022 - 2 August 2022


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This event 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 the 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. In doing so, the Forum intends to encourage discussion that considers the challenges and opportunities of pursuing a Just Transition, as well as providing an opportunity to share case studies and international best practices. Lastly, 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 goals of the Paris Agreement.  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 toward green manufacturing, South Africa risks losing its global competitiveness and export markets. Efforts by the 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 reshaping value chains.
The 2022 Forum will discuss these issues and bring together academics, policymakers, civil society organisations, workers and practitioners.
TIPS is partnering with, and receiving financial support for the Forum from, the DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI) based at the University of Johannesburg and the UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT). The Forum will be undertaken in association with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition (the dtic).

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Conference Partners

DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI)

University of Johannesburg

UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT)

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