Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Simon Roberts, Centre for Competition, Regulation & Economic Development (CCRED) offers Competition Law Prescriptions and Competitive Outcomes: Insights from Southern and East Africa.
ABSTRACT: The spread of competition law across southern and East Africa is considered in light of issues raised by research done across the region in recent years in key markets. This research considers the nature and extent of competition in practice, and the role, if any, played by competition law and policy. The selected markets are for two commodities, cement and fertilizer, which can be considered the ‘bread and butter’ of competition enforcement, and the markets for services in telecommunications and finance commonly described under the heading of ‘mobile money’. East Africa, specifically Kenya and Tanzania, are global leaders in the development of these services. The paper also reflects on work relating to barriers to entry in South Africa. Conclusions are drawn as to a competition policy and enforcement agenda to foster competitive markets in African countries.