Overview of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)
Vision of the dti
"A dynamic industrial, globally competitive South African economy, characterised by inclusive growth and development, decent
employment and equity, built on the full potential of all citizens".
Mission of the dti
the dti´s mission is to:
Promote structural transformation, towards a dynamic industrial and globally competitive economy;
Provide a predictable, competitive, equitable and socially responsible environment, conducive to investment, trade and
Broaden participation in the economy to strengthen economic development; and
Continually improve the skills and capabilities of the dti to effectively deliver on its mandate and respond to the needs of
South Africa's economic citizens.
Strategic Objectives of the dti
the dti´s strategic objectives are to:
Facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment
Build mutually beneficial regional and global relations to advance South Africa´s trade, industrial policy and economic development objectives;
Facilitate broad-based economic participation through targeted interventions to achieve more inclusive growth;
Create a fair regulatory environment that enables investment, trade and enterprise development in an equitable and socially
responsible manner; and
Promote a professional, ethical, dynamic, competitive and customer-focused working environment that ensures effective and
efficient service delivery.
These five strategic objectives will be achieved through the
collective efforts of the dti´s internal divisions and its
Council of Trade and Industry Institutions (COTII), which are linked
through a value chain to generate public value for the country´s
economic citizens and deliver high-quality products and services to
the dti´s varied clients and stakeholders. These products and
services include policies, legislation and regulations, financial
support and investment incentives, information and advisory support, as
well as value-added partnerships.
the dti also aims to achieve its objectives through the pursuit
of a more targeted investment strategy; improved competitiveness of the
economy; broadened economic participation of previously disadvantaged
individuals (PDIs) into the mainstream economy; and policy coherence.
Core Themes of the dti
After careful examination of its institutional arrangements and
capacity to fulfil its mandate, the dti has clustered its work on
the basis of core themes, which collectively seek to promote a more
effective and co-ordinated approach to implementation of the dti´s
strategic objectives, for an enhanced and long-term impact on the South
African economy and its citizenry.
These themes are:
Industrial Development −
focuses on the development and
implementation of the upscaled Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP
2), which seeks to promote long-term industrialisation and
industrial diversification. It further aims to expand production
in value-added sectors, places emphasis on more labour-absorbing
production and services sectors and the increased participation
of historically disadvantaged individuals in the economy, as
well as interventions in three diversified clusters, namely:
Cluster 1: Metals fabrication, capital and transport
equipment, green and energy-saving industries, and
Cluster 2: Automotives and components, medium and heavy
vehicles, plastics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, clothing,
textiles, footwear and leather, bio-fuels, forestry, paper, pulp
and furniture, cultural industries and tourism, and Business
Process Outsourcing and Offshoring (BPO&O) services; and
Cluster 3: Nuclear, advanced materials and aerospace
sectors, to enable the country´s long-term advanced
Trade, Export and Investment −
focuses on increasing levels
of international trade, foreign direct investment and economic
co-operation on regional, continental and international levels.
This thematic area also aims to encourage global competitiveness
of exports and beneficiation of products, expand market access
and develop programmes to encourage trade and investment
It further seeks to provide strategic direction in terms of
South Africa´s trade position in multilateral fora, such as the
Southern African Customs Union (SACU), Southern African
Development Community (SADC) and World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Broadening Participation −
focuses on developing
interventions and strategies that broaden the participation of
previously marginalised groups in the mainstream economy.
This thematic area also aims to align the Broad-Based Black
Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) policy with the country´s
industrial policy and legislative frameworks, upscale and
accelerate delivery of programmes to bolster economic
empowerment among previously disadvantaged individuals, the
women and the youth.
It further seeks to transform the largely informal economy via
Small, Medium and Micro−sized Enterprise (SMME) development and
the channelling of support measures to the Co-operatives sector.
focuses on the development and implementation
of a coherent, predictable and transparent legislative and
regulatory framework, which facilitates easy access to redress
and creates a fair and competitive business environment in South
Administration and Co−ordination −
focuses on the effective
co-ordination and implementation of the Department and its group
of specialised agencies´ programmes, as well as integration of
the dti´s work into government´s broader Plan of Action, through
the cluster system.
Dr Rob Davies is serving his second term as Minister of Trade and Industry, having been appointed to this portfolio in May 2014.
During his first term from 2009-2014, he oversaw the development and implementation of annual three year rolling Industrial Policy Action Plans as well as steering
South Africa's participation in important trade relations, including the Tripartite SADC-COMESA-EAC Free Trade Area, BRICS, Economic Partnership Agreement with EU, the US Africa
Growth and Opportunity Act, and World trade Organisation Bali package. Between 2005 and 2008 he was Deputy Minister in the same Department. An ANC MP since 1994, Rob Davies served
as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committees of Finance and Trade and Industry as well as the Constitutional Assembly Sub-Committee responsible for drafting Charter 13 (Finance).
Before entering Parliament, Rob Davies was Professor and co-Director of the Centre of Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape and before that Professor
Auxiliar at the Centro de Estudos Africanos at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. An anti-apartheid activist for many years, Rob Davies joined both the ANC
and the SACP while in exile in Mozambique. He is currently a member of the Central Committee of the SACP and of the National Executive Committee of the ANC. Academically he
holds an Honours degree in Economics from Rhodes University, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Doctorate in Political Studies
from the University of Sussex.
Mr Lionel October was appointed Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry from 21 April 2011.
Lionel October was appointed the Acting Director-General (DG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in South Africa on 01 January 2011. Prior to his appointment as Acting DG, he served as the Deputy
Director-General (DDG) responsible for the enterprise and economic development portfolio, and served as an Economic and Trade diplomat at the South African Embassy in Brussels from 2007 to 2011.
He was instrumental in key trade negotiations with the European Union.
Under his leadership as the DDG, the dti has spearheaded key industrial
and enterprise development policies such as the National Industrial Policy Framework
and Action Plan, and the development and implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic
Empowerment legislation, to name a few.
Director-General of the Department of Trade
and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.
University of London, Masters degree in Economics
University of the Western Cape, Legal Degree
As an experienced Economist, he held various senior positions
related to trade unions, including being appointed as the General
Secretary of the South African Clothing and Textile Union.
He previously served on boards of a number of public
policy bodies and government agencies, such as the IDC
and the COEGA Development Corporation.