To mark the 10th year of competition enforcement in Mauritius, the Competition Commission has organised a series of activities dedicated to the promotion of competition in Mauritius. The activities also aimed at creating a new dynamism in the application of competition law in Mauritius with a focus on improving the welfare of consumers.
The activities started with the renewal of the vision, mission and logo during an official presentation on September 19th, 2019.
We have also been airing, over a period of two weeks starting 23 October 2019, a series of radio spots aimed at increasing awareness of the general public and businesses about our role, the impact and benefits of having a competition law, and restrictive business practices investigated by the Competition Commission.
A series of events have been organised during the competìtion week, which started on 7 October 2019, with the ACF/SADC Cartel workshop with delegates from competition authorities from ten countries. The workshop was hosted by the Competition Commission on 7th and 8th October 2019 at Voila-Bagatelle, facilitated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Competition Forum (ACF). The workshop aimed at building the capacity of delegates to investigate and better fight cartels, as well as deal with bid rigging. Read more about this workshop here.
On Wednesday 9th October 2019, the workshop “Marketing and sales within the boundaries of competition law” was held at the Intercontinental hotel, Balaclava. It was designed for managers and professionals dealing with marketing and sales decision, and aimed at informing them against commercial decisions which may be anticompetitive and thus, promoting compliance. The main facilitators of this workshop were Ms. Anne Riley, independent consultant and expert in Competition, and Mr. John Davies, Executive Vice President of Compass Lexecon, and known as the former Executive Director of the Competition Commission. The day ended with a panel of experts from South Africa, the University of Mauritius, the legal community and the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). Read more about this workshop here.
During the second half of 9th October 2019, a workshop dedicated to legal professionals, was held at the Institute of Judicial and Legal Studies of Mauritius (IJLS) and was led by Prof. Richard Whish QC (Hon).
On Thursday 10th October 2019, the Competition Commission held the “Competition Law and Policy Conference 2019” at Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava. Our experts, Ms. Riley, Mr. Davies, and the Prof. Whish QC discussed the topic of disruptive technology and its effects on small emerging economies. Professor Whish explained to the audience how the impact of disruptive technologies affected the business world and the application of the competition law. Ms. Riley, joined by a panel consisting of Mr. Davies and Mr. George Lipimile, CEO of the COMESA Competition Commission, demonstrated the benefits of competition in the business world. Mr. Davies concluded the conference with a panel discussion to explain how government decisions can have adverse effects on competition and how to ensure that businesses, competition institutions and policy makers can work together to promote competition. Read more about the conference here.