Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA): Competition Commission becomes operational

April 29, 2013

The COMESA Competition Commission has announced that it became operational on 14 January 2013.

Established under article 6 of the COMESA Competition Regulations 2004), the Commission is charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing the regulations.

Although the regulations were adopted in December 2004 (and entered into force by virtue of article 12(1) of the COMESA Treaty in December 2004 upon their publication in the COMESA Official Gazette Vol. 9 No. 2 as Decision No. 43 in Notice No. 2 of 2004), it is only now that the Commission has been operationalized.

In summary, the roles of the Commission are:

  • To monitor and investigate anti-competitive practices of undertakings within COMESA, and mediate disputes between member states concerning anti-competitive conduct
  • To review regional competition policy regularly, in order to advise and make representations to the Council of Ministers with a view to improving the effectiveness of the regulations
  • To help member states promote national competition laws and institutions, with the objective of harmonizing the laws with the regional regulations, to achieve uniformity of interpretation and application of competition law and policy within COMESA
  • To cooperate with competition authorities in member states
  • To provide support to member states in promoting and protecting consumer welfare
  • To develop and disseminate information about competition policy and consumer protection policy

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