University of Pretoria - Investment and Trade Policy Centre (ITPC)
University of Pretoria, Dept. of Economics, ITPC
Lynnwood Road, 4th Floor, EMS-Building
Phone: 27012 4203462
Fax: 27012 3625207
About the university: Established in 2002, the Investment and Trade Policy Centre is affiliated to the Department of Economics of the University of Pretoria. Its mission is to deliver expert human capacity and policy advice in different aspects of investment and trade policy, through excellent teaching and research. The Centre trains public officials involved with trade and investment in their countries, whether they negotiate trade agreements with other countries, work in customs offices, or represent their countries in foreign missions. Based on its research, it provides policy advice to the government, and disseminates research findings through public lectures, conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops, and publications. It also strives to facilitate the development of appropriate trade and competition policy and practice in the country and identify areas of legislative, regulatory and administrative practice that require reform. In this way, it endeavours to establish a centre of excellence and relevant expertise with a particular perspective grounded in the experience and needs of the developing economies.
Areas of Expertise: The Centre has expertise in a wide range of trade related aspects. Some of its current research areas include intra-Africa trade, gravity model for South Africa, and the Trade Trend Tracker: South Africa’s monthly trade flow.
Courses offered: The Centre contributes to the certificate, bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in Economics and Econometrics offered by the Department of Economics. Additionally, it delivers vocational/short courses for policy makers and professionals, and offers a fellowship programme that seeks to impart relevant research skills to students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is also involved in the development and delivery of intensive training programmes in trade negotiations in collaboration with UNCTAD and the WTO.