The Competition Authority
The Competition Authority is the primary enforcement agency for competition law and policy. It was established under the Competition Act of 2009 to monitor, control and prohibit anti-competitive trade or business practices in the economy of Botswana. The Competition Authority is a parastatal which falls under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
MISSION: To promote and maintain fair competition in the economy.
VISION: To secure prosperity through fair markets
Competition Authority receives Choppies/Supersave/Megasave Merger Notification.
The Competition Authority has received a merger notification between Choppies Enterprises Limited [Choppies], Supasave (Pty) Ltd and Megasave (Pty) Ltd.
Competition Authority turns two
The Competition Authority (CA) will this Thursday (April 18, 2013) be celebrating its second year anniversary. It was on this day two years ago that the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Competition Authority, Mr Thula Kaira, reported for duty as the first and the only employee of the Authority.
Competition Authority hosts Seconds National Stakeholders Conference
The Competition Authority and the Competition Commission held the second National Stakeholders Conference in Gaborone on March 15th at the Gaborone e International Convention Centre. The Conference held under the theme, ‘Towards a Culture of Fair Competition’ was an effort by the two bodies to bring stakeholders under one roof in order to interact with each other, so as to appreciate and discuss issues relating competition and promote compliance to the Competition Act.
The Competition Authority meets Bank of Botswana
The Competition Authority and Bank of Botswana Management met on March 7th 2013 for purposes of making presentations to each other about their respective mandates. This meeting was essential as it is a precursor to the negotiations of the Memorandum of Understanding that both agencies will enter into. The delegation from the Competition Authority was led by its Chief Executive Officer Mr Thula Kaira and the Bank of Botswana team by Director of Banking Supervision Mr Andrew Motsomi.
The Competition Authority has entered into mutual settlement agreements with BOMAID and AON Holdings.
This is after BOMAID and AON Holdings respectively filed notices of appeal to the competition Commission against the determination of the Authority in mergers notifications they filed. AON Holdings and BOMAID were both aggrieved by the determination of the Authority.
The Competition Authority meets the Botswana Telecommunications Authority
The Competition Authority continues to nurture relations with sector regulators in an effort to entrench competition culture. On January 30th, the Competition Authority met with the Botswana Telecommunications Authority in an interaction that was meant to pave way towards a formalised relationship that would ensure successful implementation of the two organisations’ mandates.
The Competition Commission can now adjudicate over cases.
The public and the business community are informed that the Competition Commission can now sit to determine cases brought before it. This follows the publication of the Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings of the Competition Commission in the Government Gazette. The Rules set out the procedures to be followed in the adjudication process and will assist those who come before the Commission.
The Competition Authority and the NBFIRA pave way for cooperation
The Competition Authority continues to forge bilateral cooperation with sector regulators in an effort to create a culture of competition and compliance with Botswana’s competition law and policy. On December 6th, 2012, the CA met with the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) with the sole objective of understanding each other’s role and mandate as they pave the way for formalised cooperation in the form of a memorandum of understanding.