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On 24 January 2024, the COMESA Competition Commission (‘Commission’) issued a request for comments on its proposed draft COMESA Competition and Consumer Protection Regulations (‘Draft Regulations’), which will serve to update, and substantially amend, the current COMESA Competition Regulations, 2004 (‘Regulations’).

The Regulations were adopted and entered into force in 2004, although the Commission only began actively enforcing the Regulations when it commenced operations in January 2013.

Now, with the benefit of more than a decade of enforcement experience, the Commission has conducted a review of the Regulations and is proposing several material changes that the Commission believes will address some of the practical challenges that it has faced when implementing and enforcing the Regulations in the COMESA Common Market during this period.

We highlight in the below bulletin five of the more significant changes proposed in the Draft Regulations:

Read the full briefing here

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Jean Meijer photo

Jean Meijer

Managing Partner, Johannesburg

Jean Meijer
Nick Altini photo

Nick Altini

Partner, Johannesburg

Nick Altini
Sandhya Foster photo

Sandhya Foster

Director, Johannesburg

Sandhya Foster
Stewart Payne photo

Stewart Payne

Senior Associate, Johannesburg

Stewart Payne
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