After the quick-fire adoption of the price regulations and four block exemptions in March 2020, the Competition Commission has been pre-occupied with the prosecution of allegations of price gouging
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South Africa: Questions on the legality of price gouging enforcement under the Competition Act
South Africa: Competition Commission prosecutes first case of excessive pricing of essential products
On 9 April 2020, the Competition Commission (the Commission) referred the first case of excessive pricing of essential products to the Competition Tribunal (the Tribunal).
South Africa: Companies recommended to proactively manage BEE certification risk during lockdown
On 18 March 2020, the South Africa National Accreditation System (SANAS) amended the requirement for on-site visits as part of the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) verification process
Concerns persist with the implementation of Nigerian merger control regime
In March 2020, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the Commission), the Nigerian competition authority, published for consultation the draft Merger Review Regulations (the Regulations)
African antitrust authorities tackle competition concerns arising from Covid-19 pandemic
While South Africa has adopted a package of antitrust measures to either tackle exploitative conduct or facilitate a coordinated response
South Africa permits banks to cooperate in Covid-19 debt relief
On 23 March 2020, Minister Patel, the South African Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, adopted a block exemption permitting banks to develop industry positions on a range of issues
South Africa adopts antitrust measures in response to Covid-19
On 19 March 2020, Minister Patel, the South African Minister of Trade and Industry, adopted two antitrust measures as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ethiopia joins the New York Convention
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On 13 February 2020, the Ethiopian parliament ratified the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the NY Convention).
First enforcement decision under Moroccan competition regime
On 17 January 2020, the Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT), the Moroccan telecoms regulator, imposed a fine of MAD 3.3bn (approx. USD340m) on Maroc Telecom