4th to 8th SEPTEMBER 2023,


The fourth edition of the Industrial Policy for Policy Makers (IPPM) training programme will take place in September 2023, alongside the annual African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE). This year’s theme for IPPM is: Financing Industrialisation in Africa.

The programme is a partnership between APORDE, the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Industrial Development (SARChI-ID) and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). It is aimed at senior government officials from across Africa and will be held in Gauteng (Magaliesburg), South Africa, from the 4th to 8th September 2023.

There is no charge to attend the training; however, due to limited places applicants will be accepted through a competitive application process. South African participants, or their institutions, will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation costs. Participants from other countries will have their travel and accommodation costs covered by the programme.

The five-day intensive training course is focused on Industrial Policy and consists of lectures and seminars by leading international and African economists. It is of particular relevance given:

  • The slow pace of industrial development on the African continent and the threat of premature deindustrialisation.
  • The need to align finance mechanisms with industrial policy and the increasingly important role of DFIs and institutional support measures.
  • Debates around green industrialisation and financing green industrial policy.
  • Discussions about the most appropriate strategies to advance structural transformation and regional integration under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).


The 2023 IPPM will cover topics in development economics and industrial policy, with a focus on financing industrialisation in Africa. Several lectures will be held jointly with the APORDE programme. The training will include sessions on:

  • Financing Africa’s Economic Development: A Practitioner’s View
  • Industrial Finance: Institutions and Financing Instruments
  • Agriculture, the Industrialisation of Freshness and Industrial Policy
  • The Role of African Development Banks in Financing Green Structural Transformation in Africa


Applicants should be senior government officials in African countries working in economic ministries, departments, or other public institutions, or supranational policy institutions in Africa. In particular, we encourage applications from officials working on issues such as industrial policy, trade, development finance, development banking or climate change/environmental policies. Participants need to be proficient in English.

Prospective applicants can register online at:

The following documents should be uploaded:

  • Recent curriculum vitae of not more than five pages.
  • A letter from your employer confirming your availability to attend for the full duration of the training.
  • A motivation to attend (maximum 500 words).

The application call will close on 15 June 2023 at 13:00 (SAST)
Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their applications by 30 June 2023.

For queries, please contact:

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