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 ofthe 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.