Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

About the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) was established after the merger of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Economic Development Department.

Our Mandate


A dynamic industrial, globally competitive South African economy, characterised by meaningful economic transformation, inclusive growth and development, decent employment and equity, built on the full potential of all citizens.


the dtic’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 enterprise development
  • Broaden participation in the economy to strengthen economic development
  • Continually improve the skills and capabilities of the dtic to effectively deliver on its mandate and respond to the needs of South Africa’s economic citizens
  • Co-ordinate the contributions of government departments, state entities and civil society to effect economic development
  • Improve alignment between economic policies, plans of the state, its agencies, government’s political and economic objectives and mandate


the dtic’s Values are:

  • Promotes the Constitution, with special reference to the chapters on human rights, cooperative governance and public administration
  • It promotes decent work outcomes (more jobs as well as better jobs), industrialisation, equitable and inclusive growth and social inclusion
  • Operational excellence – service delivery standards, international best practice, Batho Pele Principles, continuous improvement and ethical conduct
  • Intellectual excellence – continuous shared learning, innovation, relevant knowledge and skills improvement and knowledge management
  • Quality relationships – improved and continuous communication, honesty, respect, integrity, transparency, professionalism, ownership, leadership and teamwork

the dtic’s Programmes

Programme 1: Administration

Purpose: Provide the Department with strategic leadership, management and support services.

Programme 2: Trade 

Purpose: Build an equitable global trading system that facilitates development by strengthening trade and investment links with key economies and fostering African development, including regional and continental integration and development co-operation in line with the African Union Agenda 2063.

Programme 3: Investment & Spatial Industrial Development

Purpose: Support foreign direct investment flows and promote domestic investment by providing a onestop shop for investment promotion, investor facilitation and aftercare support for investors as well as increase participation in industrialisation

Programme 4: Sectors

Purpose: Design and implement policies, strategies and programmes to strengthen the ability of manufacturing and other sectors of the economy, to create decent jobs, promote inclusion and increase value addition and competitiveness, in both domestic and export markets

Programme 5: Regulation

Purpose: Develop and implement coherent, predictable and transparent regulatory solutions that facilitate easy access to redress and efficient regulation for economic citizens.

Programme 6: Incentives

Purpose: Stimulate and facilitate the development of sustainable and competitive enterprises, through the efficient provision of effective and accessible incentive measures that support national priorities.

Programme 7: Exports

Purpose: Increase export capacity and support direct investment flows, through targeted strategies, and an effectively managed network of foreign trade and investment offices.

Programme 8: Transformation and Competition

Purpose: Develop and roll out policy interventions that promote transformation and competition issues through effective economic planning, aligned investment and development policy tools.

Programme 9: Research 

Purpose: Develop and roll out policy interventions that promote transformation and competition issues through effective economic planning, aligned investment and development policy tools.


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