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African Trade and Industrialization Executive Short Course

September 4 @ 8:30 am - September 6 @ 4:30 pm

Course Overview

This course explores the key role of African trade and industrial development for the future of South African – based manufacturers and prepares course participants to take advantage of emerging regional opportunities through the application of a selection of strategic approaches to African expansion. It starts with a focus on continental economic and market developments, as well as industrial and trade policy experiences in Africa and South Africa post-1994. Specific attention is given to multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements that dominate international trade, and their strategic implications for different types of manufacturers. The ongoing developments in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are explored in terms of their potential significance for local and international producers.

The first two days help build a platform of understanding about selected features of the African continent and its economic processes. This is followed by the third day where some case studies are explored and where groups do preparation for their presentations. These “board presentations” are geared to advocating for company resource deployment and associated responses to opportunities linked to trade and/or investment options for South African manufacturers in other African countries. The application of learning is focused on using a set of concrete opportunities and challenges based on the firms represented within the course. The course is completed with an interrogation of lessons from each of the presentations and those gained from the presented material.

Course Facilitator

Mbongeni Ndlovu

The course is facilitated by Mbongeni Ndlovu, the Illovo Academic Head of African Trade and Industrialization at TWIMS. Mbongeni’s specializations include development economics, industrial policy, and African studies. As a consultant and development economist, he has 7 years of experience in policy research and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment evaluation, and strategy development. His research has focused primarily on the automotive, clothing and footwear industries. Most recently, he has contributed to the development of a Sub-Saharan African Automotive Pact model; South Africa’s Clothing, Textiles and Footwear Masterplan; and South Africa’s Yellow Metals Masterplan. Mbongeni holds an MSc in African Studies and an MSc in Economics for Development both from the University of Oxford.

Course Framework

Course Cost

The course costs R12 780 per participant. This is fully inclusive of all refreshments, teas and includes lunch over the three days, as well as stationery. The cost excludes accommodation.

Venue and Accommodation

The course is run at the TWIMS campus, 74 Everton Road, Kloof. Each day starts at 8:30 and concludes at 16:30. Accommodation is available on-site at an additional cost.

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September 4 @ 8:30 am
September 6 @ 4:30 pm
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031 767 5202


TWIMS Campus
74 Everton Road, Everton
Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal 3610 South Africa
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031 767 5202