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FCC and Unido set to take competition law evaluation to the public

23rd November 2012
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UNIDO

The Fair Competition Commission (FCC), in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has organised a one-day workshop aimed at disseminating results of voluntary peer review of the competition law and policy.

A press statement issued by FCC yesterday said the workshop will be held in Dar es Salaam next Monday.

The tripartite peer review is the first of its kind whereby each of the three countries Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia have reviewed the implementation of competition law and policy in either of the other two countries.

In close cooperation with the relevant competition agencies, national reports for each of the three countries were prepared by UNCTAD as well as a comparative report of the review process.
The reviews resulted in a number of recommendations addressed to the national competition agencies, the statement said.

It added that dissemination of the results is targeting a range of stakeholders including staff of the competition agencies, government, private sector, the judiciary and consumer protection authorities and groups.

UNCTAD however has been running various training programmes to build capacity of Tanzanian officials involved in competition investigation so as to enable them deal with abuses of the law.

Two years ago the UN agency conducted a four-day training programme bringing together participants from the FCC and the east and southern African states who shared their experiences the challenges met in implementing competition laws in their respective countries.

The training equipped the countries’ National Competition Authorities and related enforcement departments with requisite knowledge and skills on the subject matter, the statement said.

Experts gained more in the areas of investigation and violation of the competition Law amid the changing globalisation trend and they sought for closer cooperation among African competition law enforcement agencies.

Competition authorities implement competition law and policy which exercise over-sight on market economy in order to ensure that businesses do not operate in a manner that would weaken or distort competition through prohibited trade practices.

In Tanzania progress in fighting unfair competition is continuing, with the Commission receiving more complaints from consumers on how various firms are operating unjustly.

The commission has vowed to take appropriate actions whenever it gets evidence on unfair competition practices.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN