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Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN)


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2nd Annual Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) 2017 Conference

"Driving South Africa's Industrial Development Agenda"

8 -10 March 2017, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Call for Papers

Final paper submission deadline 20 February 2017

Individuals are invited to submit abstract(s) for the second ERAN annual conference to be held on 8-10 March 2017 in Bloemfontein. (Click here to read the concept note)


The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and Free State Provincial Department of Economic Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA)

Conference Scope

(a) The ERAN conference invites submission of academic and professional research abstracts of between 200 and 300 words with five to 10 key words from the full range of business and economic experts.
(b) Submitted papers should reflect policy implications recommendations or suggestions.
(c) The following sub-thematic areas are proposed:
  • Corporate and consumer regulations
    • Reducing regulatory barriers to entry, facilitating the ease of doing business and making competition policy developmental.
    • Ensuring policy coherence and certainty through coordinated implementation.
  • Inclusive growth
    • Role of the state and the private sector in inclusive growth.
    • Measures for ensuring inclusive economic development and industrialisation.
    • Green economy opportunities in the provinces.
    • The extent to which wholesale and retail sector helps grows the economy through local content and supplier development.
    • Infrastructure development as hindrance of SMMEs growth in provinces.
  • Industrial development
    • Finance for industrial policy - the role of Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
    • Sustainable industrial development models in local municipalities
    • The impact of government incentives on economic growth, job creation and the development of SMMEs
  • Trade and Investment
    • Inclusive export-led reindustrialisation
    • Supporting exporter development and market opportunities
    • Measures to revitalise the clothing and textile industry
    • The efficacy of the manufacturing incentives in the growing economy
(d)Author(s) to indicate under which theme the paper falls.
(e) Only final and completed papers will be presented at the second ERAN conference.
(f) The Conference will comprise of plenary sessions as well as break-out sessions that will feature presentations and discussions by prominent academics, policy makers, and business professionals.
(g) Peer reviewed papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
(h) Interested parties without papers/abstracts for presentation are also invited to take part as attendees at ERAN conference

Submission Guideliness

(a) Submit abstract(s)/full paper(s) in Microsoft word via online (click here for guidelines and MS Word template )
(b) Abstracts/full papers received by the deadline will be peer-reviewed by an internal panel
(c) A notification of acceptance/rejection will be issued to the submitting author by an e-mail
(d) For co-authored papers/abstracts, the submitting author will serve as the corresponding author who has the responsibility to forward all correspondences to his/her co-authors.


(a) Abstracts/full papers accepted for the ERAN conference will be included in the conference proceedings.
(b) Authors are not required to transfer copyrights to ERAN.

Important Dates

(a) Deadline for submission of abstract: 30 November 2016
(b) Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 December 2016
(c) Deadline for submission of draft papers: 20 January 2017
(d) Deadline for submission of final papers: 20 February 2017
(e) Conference date: 8 - 10 March 2017


(a) No registration fee for all participants with or without papers/abstracts for presentation at the conference.
(b) Presenters attending the conference to also register to attend.
(c) Delegates are request to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.


(a) Official language of the conference is English
(b) The corresponding author will receive a decision letter by e-mail
(c) Participants and experts submitting papers for the conference must adhere to the key deadline dates as stated
(d) Contact: for assistance or enquiries

** Click here to register for the second ERAN 2017 conference **