Competition Policy and Law in Intra Africa Trade
A sound competition policy, along with a good competition law regime helps in fostering competition, economic efficiency, consumer welfare, investment and freedom of doing business. This programme is therefore designed to inculcate the necessary knowledge and skills among the participants to deal with the issues relating to anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, exclusion as well as exploitative practices, enforcement of competition law against anticompetitive agreements and addressing bottlenecks to completion enforcement in Sub-Saharan Africa. In light of the coming into effect of the AfCFTA Agreement and its various Protocols, the importance of competition policy and law cannot be overemphasized.
At the national level, the importance of competition policy has increased, particularly in recognition of the need to ensure that SMEs thrive and continue to contribute in national economies.
Further, because regional agreements hold an important potential to overcome the main obstacles in the enforcement of competition laws, the programme will also examine the national and regional competition
regimes from the policy and legal perspective. It will review the rationale behind the setting up of competition policy institutions at national, regional and international levels. It will further consider cooperation in the sphere of competition law and policy, regional cooperation in combating anticompetitive practices as well as enforcement of competition policies and laws.
Officials from Trade and Trade Related Ministries and parastatals, officials from Regional Economic Communities, Negotiators, and Regional Integration Practitioners. Private sector player in transport and logistics.
At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
- Describe the theoretical foundations of competition policy and regulation;
- Critically examine policy issues in competition policy and regulation both at a national and regional level;
- Evaluate real-world cases in completion policy and regulation;
- Critically evaluate the different approaches to regulation and competition policy;
- Apply the principles of competition policy to the current practices of policy intervention to facilitate investment and fair competition; competition law areas include merger control, abuse of dominance issues, restrictive agreements within commercial contracts, public procurement and competition due diligence;
- Discuss the expected role of different stakeholders and groups to ensure better market competitiveness at the national and regional levels.