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Tutwa Consulting Group has moved from our offices in Menlyn to our new Johannesburg headquarters in Hyde Park Lane. We’ve had a significant boost of resources, both within the Hyde Park offices and with our Tutwa Europe team, together with whom we have forged a stronger alliance providing a fillip for our Economics/Econometrics division. All in all, we have entered a new phase standing ready to assist your strategy to… Investigate…Inform …Influence!
We've packed this newsletter -our first since February- with seven new blogs, new head shots of old faces, new head shots of new faces and we introduce you to the extended Tutwa Europe team. But first an introduction from Tutwa Consulting Group's new Managing Director, Lesley Wentworth, an update from our former MD, Peter Draper, and current Director, Catherine Grant Makokera, as well as a co-authored feature article from another of our Directors, Mzukisi Qobo and a little something from all our staff.
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Lesley Wentworth - Managing Director

A year ago, economists spoke of the global economy entering another 'goldilocks' (neither too cold, nor too hot) phase of moderate growth, low inflation and low unemployment. Now, in mid-2018, economic growth in the EU and the UK is slowing, and in emerging markets limping; while the political diplomacy of capital letter tweeting is edging the US towards a full-scale trade war with China, a misguided diplomatic row with South Africa over the sensitive land issue and, inshallah, not another war in the Middle East … this time targeting Iran.
Where does Africa and, in particular South Africa, fit into this tale? South Africa hosted the BRICS Summit last month where the five countries, led by China united against the US’s new wave of protectionism. The BRICS Finance Ministers firmly endorsed “economic globalisation and multilateralism” opposing protectionism in the face
of increasing global economic uncertainties and instability. Tutwa Consulting Group prepared the 2018 BRICS Trade Study for South Africa’s the dti. A key recommendation for South Africa is to focus on elevating its trade and investment promotion – and broadly commercial diplomacy – as a centerpiece of its BRICS strategy.
In mid-August, South Africa handed over the SADC Chair to Namibia, who will lead the Heads of State Summit under the theme Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development. Tutwa participated in the Third SADC Industrialisation Week where over 350 public and private sector regional representatives connected over policy and project discussions supporting regional trade, infrastructure development and industrial development.
So, despite the recent lack of communication through this publication first and foremost, Tutwa Consulting Group has been attuned to the global beat of economic governance, trade and investment.
I moved in to oversee the team’s activities with Peter Draper's departure. Over the past months I have focused inter alia on the EU-funded Employment Promotion through SMME Support project, an Innovative Financing in Infrastructure Development project for the African Capacity Building Foundation; and the SADC regional integration project support NEPAD Business Foundation and the SADC Secretariat for SADC Industrialisation Week.
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Dr Peter Draper - Director

Tutwa’s former Managing Director has moved, and now contentedly settled, in as Executive Director of the Institute of International Trade at Adelaide University.
The University's Institute for International Trade (IIT) is a research unit dedicated to advancing today's global economy. Highly specialised, the IIT researches complex international trade issues to provide specialised contract research and consulting, bespoke trade-related capacity building programs; and complex policy advice for clients in intergovernmental organisations, international (including Australian) governments and the private sector. These services are provided alongside academic programs focused on international trade and development.

Peter maintains his directorship of Tutwa and participates in several projects.
Catherine Grant Makokera - Director

The trade policy work of the Tutwa Consulting Group continues to be varied and stimulating. I recently led the team that worked with the SACU Secretariat and Member States in compiling ideas for the proposed trade facilitation programme for the group. SACU has already achieved some notable successes in cooperation around customs at the regional level and it is hoped that this work will continue together with possible other activities that can contribute to a more efficient trading environment.
It is a space where there is strong cooperation between the public and private sectors in Southern Africa – something that I have long been involved with through different organisations and continue to support. I am also excited to be continuing our work on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU, SACU and Mozambique. Over the past year I worked with the EU Delegation in Pretoria and key South African government departments to prepare a range of resources and information documents on the SADC-EU EPA. These are available at https://sadc-epa-outreach.com. This is a critical trade agreement that requires ongoing support to ensure its full implementation.
Tutwa Consulting Group is currently participating in a number of activities towards that end in South Africa and the rest of the region.
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While the EU remains an important trade and investment partner for South Africa, the spotlight returned to our partnership with Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRICS) in the first part of 2018. I have enjoyed analysing the economic relationships and the broader impacts of this grouping since South Africa joined in 2010. This year we got the opportunity to work with the South African Department of Trade and Industry in updating an extensive report that looks at trade between the BRICS countries. It provided a range of recommendations for Heads of State and Trade Ministers on ways to strengthen the linkages, especially in relation to valued added products. Once again this was a chance to play to the experience of our team in bringing together trade data, political economy analysis and policy making at the highest levels.

An Overview of Institutional Challenges: Spotlight on State-Owned Enterprises and Key Legislation

Authors: Mzukisi Qobo and Matlala Setlhalogile

Parliament looks at amending the PIC Act A week after President Ramaphosa announced a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of poor governance into the PIC board, it has emerged that parliament is forging ahead with assessing the need to reconfigure the PIC Act. The aim of the PIC Act assessment is to establish whether or …

Balanced screening process would not deter foreign direct investment

Author: Azwimpheleli Langalanga

On the eve of July’s Brics summit, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel introduced the Competition Amendment Bill. The envisaged changes in the Competition Act come after the ANC took a decision at its conference in December to amend competition policy to accommodate more radical economic transformation. While the minister seeks to further improve the public interest proviso within the policy, …

Keeping score of the US-China ‘trade war’

Author: Heinrich Krogman

Some months ago, in an interview on Classic FM, I noted my scepticism on whether the trade disagreement between the US and China should be called a trade war. At that point the US was rolling out its increased tariffs on steel and aluminium, save for on products from eight select allies at the time. Following the US-China bilateral talks …

Case studies on Beitbridge and Chirundu

Author: Anna Ngarachu

At the 2018 SADC Industrialisation Week I had the privilege to present the findings of a GEG Africa Study on standing times and the economic development aspects of the borders at Beitbridge and Chirundu. Presentations on case studies are available here. Full reports can be accessed by request and will be published on the GEG Africa website. A team of …

Improving Women’s Participation in the AfCFTA

Author: Faith Tigere

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) brings with it the promise of market access to the continent with an estimated GDP of US $ 1.2 trillion. The agreement was signed on the 21 March 2018 by 44 countries. Thus far, six countries have ratified, and South Africa’s cabinet just approved the AfCFTA which will be submitted to Parliament for …

The Digital Economy... Ensuring That No Group Eats the Crumbs

Author: Phindile Ndlovu

Technological advancements have transformed many aspects of our daily and working lives. The technology age has changed the business landscape. We are constantly confronted by the digital economy and its demands for us to respond to the 4th Industrial Revolution which has transformed the nature of work. Employees are not tied to their desks any longer and can work from …

Namibia Taking Over the SADC Chair

Author: Nadia Amukwelele

Namibia is affectionately known as the “land of the brave” by Namibian citizens. When I first heard that Namibia would be chairing SADC from 2018, I thought “the land of the brave has done it!” Namibia has made its mark in the region. Being Namibian-born, I send my congratulations to the Republic of Namibia and especially to the …

Closer strategic collaboration with Tutwa Europe

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Dr Andreas Freytag - Director at Tutwa Europe, has had a strategic relationship with Tutwa Consulting Group since 2012. Freytag is a specialist in international trade and investment policy, development economics and monetary policy. He is a Professor of Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Honorary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch. Andreas is also is a Senior Research Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) in Brussels, and a Senior Research Associate at SAIIA, Johannesburg. He was the 2008 SAIIA Bradlow Fellow and has long been associated with the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.
Dr Philipp Lamprecht - Director at Tutwa Europe and a Senior Economist at European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE). He previously worked as an External Consultant to the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, specifically on a project analyzing trade in services. Since 2014, he has worked as a full-time Consultant of the London School of Economics (LSE) on a variety of projects.
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Dr Matthias Bauer - Director at Tuwa Europe, is Senior Economist at the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), Brussels. His areas of research include international trade, international services trade, digital markets and the digital economy, intellectual property rights, European Single Market integration, European fiscal affairs, and capital market policy. Matthias also works as a consultant for LSE Enterprise, The College of Europe, and the European Commission with a focus on international trade and EU internal market policies.
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