The Ministry of Trade and Industry of Botswana has hailed the Zambia Competition Commission (ZCC) for its role in enhancing competition law in Southern Africa, according to information made available to the Watchdog by ZCC, public Relations Officer Vaida Bunda.
Head of delegation Thapelo Moatshe, for the three officers attached to ZCC for the next three months said her ministry was in the process of establishing a competition authority and hence the need to learn more on competition law.
“The Zambia Competition Commission has been in existence for over 10 years and we felt it would be ideal for us to gain some knowledge on how to handle cases pertaining to abuse of competition law,” Ms Moatshe said.
Ms Moatshe, who is Principal Commercial Officer and Head of Consumer Protection Unit, said Botswana and Zambia were both growing economies who had a lot to learn from each other.
The Government of Botswana is soon expected to table before its Parliament a draft bill proposing the enactment of a competition law and establishment of a competition authority for that country.
“Zambia is one of the countries with great experience in as far as enforcement of competition law is concerned and am sure that what we will learn here will go a long way in contributing to the establishment of the competition authority in Botswana,” she said.
The Zambia Competition Commission has made great strides in enhancing competition law and consumer protection in the region.
Having been in existence for more than ten years, the Commission has since contributed through technical assistance to a number of countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
ZCC Executive Director, Thula Kaira said he was delighted that the work of the Commission was being recognized not only locally but internationally.
Mr Kaira said while it was commendable that the Commission was being recognized by other regional countries, there was still much that needed to be done domestically concerning effective and sustainable enforcement.
He said the Commission would endevour to reach greater heights and contribute to national economic growth by creating and promoting effective market structures and consumer protection.