Region: Africa & Middle East

COMESA's antitrust agency plans to amp up enforcement

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa's Competition Commission has said it plans to shift its resources towards "hard enforcement" in its fight against cartels, after a softer approach failed to deter anticompetitive agreements.

05 March 2021

Former Israeli enforcer returns to Compass Lexecon

Yair Eilat has rejoined Compass Lexecon after spending three years as the chief economist and deputy director-general of Israel’s Competition Authority.

01 March 2021

South Africa set to launch online platforms market study

South Africa’s antitrust authority has announced plans to conduct a market study into online platforms, based on its concerns that certain practices may “impede, distort or restrict” competition.

23 February 2021

Israel pushes for new regulation of online platforms

Israel’s Competition Authority has recommended that the country’s government regulate the conduct of online platforms through a more targeted version of the EU’s platform-to-business regulation.

08 February 2021

Kenya proposes easing cooperation rules

Kenya’s antitrust watchdog plans to allow competitor collaborations in certain “economic priority sectors” over the next two years to help spearhead post-covid-19 economic recovery.

04 February 2021

Botswana issues rare merger block

Botswana’s competition authority has blocked a retail investor’s attempt to purchase a shopping complex, finding the deal would remove a small but effective player from a highly-concentrated market.

02 February 2021

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

Facebook accused of illegally banning coronavirus messaging service from WhatsApp

An online “chatbot” that uses WhatsApp to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans has asked the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for an emergency injunction to stop Facebook kicking it off the platform.

13 January 2021

Egypt names new competition head

The Egyptian government has appointed Mahmoud Momtaz to chair the country’s antitrust watchdog, just two years after he left his position as head of competition policy at the agency.

06 January 2021

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18 December 2020

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