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UKZN Extended Learning Launches TIPED In Johannesburg



UKZN Extended Learning Launches TIPED In Johannesburg

UKZN Extended Learning Launches TIPED In Johannesburg. UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) has officially launched the TIPED (Trade, Investment, Promotion and Economic Development) Programme at the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency in Johannesburg. The programme’s inauguration took place at their offices on 124 Main Street, where UEL welcomed 23 delegates to the first module of this transformative initiative.

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Inauguration and Overview

The launch event was spearheaded by Simon Tankard, the CEO of UKZN Extended Learning. In his opening remarks, Tankard provided an overview of the programme and highlighted its significance in the current global context. His introduction set the stage for a comprehensive learning experience aimed at enhancing the delegates’ understanding of trade, investment, and economic development.

Global Trends and Economic Imperatives

Bruce Ellison took the stage following Tankard’s introduction, leading the delegates through an in-depth exploration of global trends in trade and investment. His session covered critical areas such as strategic issues and economic growth imperatives, competitive markets and service delivery, and global and regional economic planning and development. Ellison’s insights were designed to equip delegates with a broader perspective on the economic factors influencing trade and investment globally.

Delegate Engagement and Feedback

The participants were highly engaged, providing critical feedback and input throughout the session. They found the programme to be both insightful and thought-provoking, reflecting positively on the content and delivery of the initial module.

Investment Promotion and Regulatory Context

The second session of the programme delved into more specific aspects of trade and investment. Lesley Wentworth facilitated a comprehensive discussion on understanding investment promotion, foreign direct investment, and investor decision-making for long-term value. The session also covered strategic integrated projects and public-private partnerships, highlighting the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors in driving economic development.

Regulatory Frameworks and Supply Chain Management

Mogie Subban led the subsequent session, focusing on the regulatory context affecting both public and private sectors. Subban’s presentation covered essential frameworks such as the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA). Additionally, the session included an in-depth look at supply and value chain management, providing delegates with practical knowledge to navigate the complexities of regulatory compliance in economic development projects.


The TIPED Programme’s launch marks a significant step forward in enhancing the capabilities of professionals involved in trade, investment, and economic development in Gauteng. With a strong start and positive feedback from the delegates, the programme promises to be a valuable resource for fostering economic growth and strategic planning in the region. As the programme progresses, it is expected to further empower delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to drive meaningful economic change.

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