The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the programmes coming out of the Centre for Trade and Regional Industrialisation. The MoU is intended to promote trade and regional industrialisation and infrastructure development through this strategic collaboration.

DTI UNDP MoU signingUNDP Resident Representative in South Africa, Gana Fofang, with Director-General of the DTI, Lionel October.

The partnership between the DTI and the UNDP will ensure that the Centre undertakes and facilitates applied research and analysis, and collects evidence on policies and good practices in developmental regionalism. It will also enable the Centre to develop tools, methodologies and knowledge for strengthening the implementation and monitoring of regional integration, as well as promote intellectual exchange among multiple stakeholders and across disciplines, according to UNDP Resident Representative in South Africa, Gana Fofang.

“We will also promote the dissemination of policies and best practices in the sub-region to support the development of policies at national level,” he said at the signing of the MoU. “In order to ensure results, the Centre will cultivate strategic partnerships with a range of research and policy institutions within the continent and other regions, as well as promote South-South collaboration and exchange of knowledge.”

The newly-launched Centre aims to strengthen regional integration through dedicated research to support the continental integration processes. It also intends to build the capacity of Africa’s trade negotiators in the ongoing Tripartite Free Trade Area and Continental Free Trade Area negotiations.

Director-General of the DTI, Lionel October, says that because the main role of the Centre will be to facilitate the implementation of the development integration approach, it will ultimately promote industrialisation across the whole continent, supporting Africa’s drive to enhance productive capacity.


African Fusion

AfricanFusionAfrican Fusion, the official publication of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), aims to provide up-to-date insight into welding technology and the welding industry.

Capital Equipment News

Capital Equipment News is dedicated to the application of equipment and modes of transport that are used in the mining, construction, quarrying, and transport industries.

Construction World

ConstructionWorldConstruction World was first published in 1982 and has grown to become a leader in its field, offering a unique mix of editorial coverage to satisfy the diverse needs of its readers.

Electricity + Control

ElectricityandControlE + C publishes innovative, technical articles that provide solutions to engineering challenges in measurement, automation, control, and energy management.

Lighting in Design

LightingandDesignLighting in Design is a glossy, upmarket publication aimed at lighting professionals. It is the only B2B magazine in SA that is dedicated solely to the subject of lighting.

MechChem Africa

MechChemJanuary2017cover MechChem Africa supports African engineering and technical managers across the full spectrum of chemical and mechanical disciplines.

Modern Mining

ModernMiningEstablished in 2005, Modern Mining is one of SA's leading monthly mining magazines, noted for the quality and accuracy of its writing and the breadth of its coverage.

Modern Quarrying

ModernQuarryingModern Quarrying is firmly entrenched as a leading industry-specific magazine. It focuses on promoting the science and practice of quarrying and processing in southern Africa.

Sparks Electrical News

SparksElectricalNewsReadable and informative, Sparks Electrical News is the newspaper for those involved in installing and maintaining electrical supplies and equipment.

Full Name*
Invalid Input

Company Name*
Invalid Input

Your Email*
Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Postal Address 1*
Invalid Input

Postal Address 2*
Invalid Input

Postal Code*
Invalid Input

Street Address 1
Invalid Input

Street Address 2
Invalid Input

Postal Code
Invalid Input

Town / City*
Invalid Input

Invalid Input


Invalid Input

Invalid Input