COMESA Competition Commission The agency became fully operational in 2013, although it was technically established in 2008 George Lipimile, its first director and chief executive, continues in his role The Competition Commission falls under the purview of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, which promotes free trade and economic integration The COMESA Competition Commission had an operating budget of US$2.1 million budget for 2016–2017, and three lawyers and 10 economists on its payroll. Between January 2013 and June 2017, the agency says it reviewed 130 deals – more than two-thirds of which resulted in in-depth probes. Ten of those it conditionally cleared. Some of the deals it has looked at it include Lafarge/Holcim, British American Tobacco Middle East/Blue Nile Cigarette and Orange Middle East Africa/Oasis SA/Mobile Cash RDC. To improve transparency, the authority introduced merger guidelines in 2015.