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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF THE COMESA COMPETITION COMMISSION BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

CCC Notice No. 3 of 2018

 

The COMESA Competition Commission (“the Commission”) wishes to inform the general public that pursuant to Article 13 (1) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (“the Regulations”), the COMESA Council of Ministers, at its meeting held in Lusaka on 15th July, 2018, approved the appointment of individuals from the Member States to serve on the new Board of the Commission for the next three (3) years.

 

The composition of the new Board of the Commission is as follows:

 

Country Commissioner Gender Status
1. Djibouti Ali Hamadou Ali Kako M Newly appointed
2. DRC Trudon Kala Nzembela M Appointed in December 2015
3. Egypt DrAmira Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed. F Appointment renewed
4. Eswatini Thembelihle Precious Dube (Nee Dlamini) F Newly appointed
5. Ethiopia Michael Teklu Beyene M Newly appointed
6. Kenya Danson Mungatana M Newly appointed
7. Malawi Charlotte Wezi Malonda F Newly appointed
8. Mauritius Deshmuk Kowlesseur M Appointed in December 2015
9. Seychelles Francis Lebon M Newly appointed
10. Sudan Islam Tagelsir Ahmed Alhasan M Newly appointed
11. Uganda Patrick Okilangole M Appointment renewed
12. Zambia Brian M. Lingela M Newly appointed
13. Zimbabwe Ellen Ruparanganda F Newly appointed

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TUNISIA AND SOMALIA JOIN THE COMMON MARKET FOR EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

CCC NOTICE No. 2 OF 2018

NOTICE

Notice is hereby given to concerned stakeholders and the general public that the Republic of Tunisia and the Federal Republic of Somalia have been admitted as Member States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“COMESA”) at the 20th Summit of the COMESA Heads of State and Government held on 18th and 19th July 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia, after having fulfilled the terms and conditions of accession to the COMESA Treaty.

In accordance with the obligations of the Member States under the COMESA Treaty, the Commission wishes to inform the general public that the provisions of the COMESA Competition Regulations of 2004, and its accompanying rules, shall be enforceable in the territories of the Republic of Tunisia and the Federal Republic of Somalia with immediate effect.

All stakeholders wishing to seek further information on the above are invited to contact the Registrar of the Commission, Mrs. Meti Disasa on Tel: +265 (0) 1 772 466 or e-mail: compcom@comesa.int and mdisasa@comesa.int.

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PRODUCT RECALL ON LIMITED NUMBER OF READY TO EAT SLICED COLD MEATS AND VIENNAS

CCC-CP-NOTICE-2 of 2018

WARNING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Notice is hereby issued by the COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) pursuant to Article 30 (1) (b) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (the “Regulations”), following its CCC-CP-Notice-No.-1-of-2018 on the Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa, to warn the general public as an additional precautionary measure and avoid consumption of limited number of affected meat products.

Food safety is of a paramount important to consumers in the Common Market and the Commission takes all issues regarding the production of food, specifically those traded in the Common Market, seriously.

 

CCC-CP-Notice-No.-1-of-2018 was issued following the recent announcement of the Department of Health in South Africa on the source of the Listeriosis outbreak and safety recall notices by National Consumer Commission (NCC) of South Africa to Tiger Brands Unit – Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chickens Limited. In this respect, CCC-CP-Notice-No.-1-of-2018 warned consumers against the consumption of the recalled processed meat products which are sold ready-to-eat including polony, viennas/sausages and other cold meats. The Commission wishes to inform the public that CCC-Notice-No-2-of-2018 is issued, as an additional precautionary measure, to warn the consumption of a limited number of meat products, especially viennas and cold meats, listed below:

  • Wafer Thin Chargrilled Ham
  • Wafer Thin Roasted Chicken
  • Wafer Thin Smoked Ham
  • Wafer Thin Cooked Ham
  • Wafer Thin Smoked Chicken
  • Sliced Lean Ham
  • Ham Selection
  • Country Ham
  • Smoked & Roasted Gammon
  • Lunceon Meat
  • Cold Meat Assortment
  • Smoked VIennas
  • Red Viennas
  • Cocktail VIennas
  • Smoked Cheesy Viennas
  • Bulk Salami Sticks
  • Salami Sticks
  • Plain Sticks
  • Plain Salami Sticks
  • Spicy Salami Sticks
  • Plain Salami Bites
  • Coriander Salami
  • Spicy Salami Bites
  • Sliced Salami
  • Salami
  • German Salami
  • Sliced Peppered Salami
  • Spicy Salami
  • Local Chorizo

 

In this regard, the Commission wishes to inform the general public to surrender to relevant authorities of COMESA Member States among others Public Health Departments, any of the products listed above including opened and empty packaging. The Commission has further invoked Article 31 (2) (b) of the Regulations and directed the manufacturers of the said products to cease the exportation into or sale to the public by their distributors and related dealers in the Common Market until such a time when the situation returns to normalcy and the general public are informed accordingly.

 

Should you require more information or clarification on the matter you may contact the undersigned on +265 1 772 466 or email: glipimile@comesa.int.

Click here to download the Notice of the Commission issued on 15th March 2018, CCC-CP-Notice No-1-of 2018, Warning the Public on the Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

Click here to download the English Version pdf format of the CCC-CP-Notice-2-of-2018.

Click  here download the French Version pdf format of the CCC-CP-Notice-2-of-2018.

 

Warning Notice to the Public on Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa

CCC -CP -NOTICE 1 of 2018

WARNING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa

 

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) hereby notifies the general public that following investigations by the South African Authorities into the Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa, the National Consumer Commission (NCC) of South Africa has issued safety recall notices to Tiger Brands Unit – Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chickens Limited. The recalled products, which are reported to have been contaminated by Listeria, are processed meat products which are sold ready-to-eat and these include polony, viennas/sausages and other cold meats. The Commission has become aware that there is also further risk of cross-contamination of other ready-to-eat processed meat products through the transfer of listeria from contaminated products, either at production, distribution or retail.

The Commission’s research has revealed that Listeriosis is a food-borne disease which comes due to consumption of contaminated foods, particularly, unpasteurized milk, soft cheese and meat products. It is caused by listeria monocytogenes and unlike most food-borne pathogens, listeria multiplies readily in refrigerated foods that have been contaminated. According to the information available to the Commission, there is no vaccine against Listeriosis.

 

In view of the foregoing and pursuant to Article 30 (1) (b) of the COMESA Competition Regulations (the “Regulations”), the Commission would therefore like to inform the general public to exercise caution and avoid consumption of the affected meat products. The Commission has further invoked Article 31 (2) (b) of the Regulations and directed Enterprise Food and Rainbow Chickens to Cease the exportation into or sale to the public by their distributor and related dealers in the Common Market until such a time when the situation returns to normalcy and the general public is informed accordingly.

 

The Commission welcomes any representations on the matter from all interested stakeholders and the general public. Should you require more information or clarification on the matter you may contact the undersigned on +265 1 772 466 or email: glipimile@comesa.int.

 

Click  here  to download the English Version of the Warning Notice to the Public on Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

Click here to download the French Version of the Warning Notice to the Public on Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

NOTICE OF CLOSURE OF THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR ON OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN THE YEAR 2018

CCC Notice No. 1 of 2018

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the COMESA Competition Commission (“Commission”) shall observe the official holidays recognized by the host country, the government of Malawi. Consequently, the Commission would like to notify all its esteemed customers that the Office of the Registrar would be closed in the Year 2018 on the following dates:-

 

Official Holiday Date
New Years’s Day 1st January 2018
John Chilembwe Day 15th January 2018
Martyrs Day 3rd and 5th March 2018
Good Friday 30th March 2018
Easter Monday 1st and 2nd April 2018
Labour Day 1st May 2018
Kamuzu Day 14th May 2018
Independence Day 7th and 9th July 2018
Mother’s Day 15th October 2018
Christmas 25th December 2018

 

The Commission would like to remind the concerned persons that the closure of the Office of the Registrar would alter the computation of time by the Commission in accordance with Rule 3 (2) of the COMESA Competition Rules which read as follows:

 

“Where the time prescribed by or allowed under these Rules for doing an act or taking a proceeding expires on a Saturday or Sunday or on a day on which the office of the Registrar is closed, the act may be done or the proceeding may be taken on the first day following that is not a Saturday, Sunday or day on which that office is closed.”

 

Rule 3 (2) applies also to the computation of time regarding the 120 days time period taken to examine mergers and make a decision under Article 25 of the COMESA Competition Regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE OF CLOSURE FOR 2017 FESTIVE HOLIDAYS

It is hereby notified that the COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) will be officially closing for the 2017 festive holidays as from Thursday 21st December 2017 to Sunday,  7th January 2018 and will reopen on Monday 8th January 2018.

Kindly take note that during this period, the Office of the Registrar of the Commission will be closed for notification of transactions. With regard to transactions already notified and under consideration, the computation of time during this period will be adjusted accordingly as per Rule 3(2) of the COMESA Competition Rules which reads:

“Where the time prescribed by or allowed under these Rules for doing an act or taking a proceeding expires on a Saturday or Sunday or on a day on which the office of the Registrar is closed, the act may be done or the proceeding may be taken on the first day following that is not a Saturday, Sunday or day on which that office is closed.”

The Commission wishes all its stakeholders a Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018.

NOTICE ON CHANGE OF BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER

CCC Notice Number 2 of 2017

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) wishes to inform the general public and stakeholders, who are required to make fee payments to the Commission that its Standard Bank Malawi account number has changed. Hence, the Bank account details of the Commission have been revised as follows:

 

Bank Details captured

The Director and Chief Executive Officer

The COMESA Competition Commission

Kang’ombe House, 5th Floor West Wing

P.O. Box 30742

Lilongwe 3, Malawi

Email: COMPCOM@comesa.int

              ldziko@comesa.int

THE COMESA COMPETITION COMMISSION SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE COMPETITION OF MAURITIUS

The COMESA Competition Commission (“the Commission”) is pleased to announce that the Commission concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Competition Commission of Mauritius (“CCM”) regarding the Application and Enforcement of their Competition Laws. The signing Ceremony of the MOU was held on 24th March 2017 in Port Louis, Mauritius. The Ceremony was attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance, and Institutional Reforms, Mr Chettandeo Bhugun; Board of Commissioners of the Commission and the CCM; media houses and other Officials. The signatories of the MOU were the Director of the Commission, Mr George Lipmile and the Director of CCM, Mr Deshmuk Kowlesseur.

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The MOU is expected to facilitate and promote coordination between the Commission and the CCM in the harmononization and implementation of their competition laws and policies and lessen the possibilities or impact of divergent outcomes. The salient issues that the MOU cover include:

 

  • The two institutions will cooperate where they are investigating related matters and will share relevant information to ensure effective enforcement of their respective competition laws. This will be achieved through the appointment of Desk Officers in the respective institutions and through periodic meetings among officials to exchange information on investigation and enforcement priorities.
  • The Commission and CCM will consult on matters of competition enforcement and policy and keep each other informed of significant competition policy and enforcement developments in their jurisdictions.
  • The two institutions will cooperate in advancing technical assistance and capacity building programs through integrated strategies.

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Notice of Closure of the Registrar’s Office on Official Holidays in the Year 2017

CCC Notice No. 1 of 2017

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the COMESA Competition Commission (“Commission”) shall observe the official holidays recognized by the host country, the government of Malawi. Consequently, the Commission would like to notify all its esteemed customers that the Office of the Registrar would be closed in the Year 2017 on the following dates:-

Official Holiday

Date
New Years’s Day 1st January 2017
John Chilembwe Day 15th and 16th January 2017
Martyrs Day 3rd March 2017
Good Friday 14th April 2017
Easter Monday 17th April 2017
Labour Day 1st May 2017
Kamuzu Day 14th and 15th May 2017
Independence Day 7th July 2017
Mother’s Day 15th and 16th October 2017
Christmas 25th December 2017

The Commission would like to remind the concerned persons that the closure of the Office of the Registrar would alter the computation of time by the Commission in accordance with Rule 3 (2) of the COMESA Competition Rules which read as follows: “Where the time prescribed by or allowed under these Rules for doing an act or taking a proceeding expires on a Saturday or Sunday or on a day on which the office of the Registrar is closed, the act may be done or the proceeding may be taken on the first day following that is not a Saturday, Sunday or day on which that office is closed.”

Rule 3 (2) applies also to the computation of time regarding the 120 days time period taken to examine mergers and make a decision under Article 25 of the COMESA Competition Regulations.

THE COMESA COMPETITION COMMISSION SIGNS ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMISSION ZAMBIA

The COMESA Competition Commission (“the Commission”) is pleased to announce that the Commission concluded a Cooperation Agreement with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) Zambia regarding the Application and Enforcement of the COMESA Competition Regulations. The signing Ceremony of the Cooperation Agreement was held on 25th November 2016 in Livingstone, Zambia. The Ceremony was attended by the Assistant Secretary of the Southern Province, representing the Provincial Government, Mr Benson Kapomo; Board of Commissioners of the Commission; media houses and other Officials. The signatories of the Cooperation Agreement were the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr Mathews Chikankheni and the Chairperson of CCPC, Mr Kelvin Fube Bwalya.

img_3184The Cooperation Agreement is expected to facilitate and promote coordination between the Commission and the CCPC in the harmononization and implementation of their competition laws and policies and lessen the possibilities or impact of divergent outcomes. The salient issues that the Cooperation Agreement cover include:

 

  • The two institutions will cooperate where they are investigating related matters and will share relevant information to ensure effective enforcement of their respective competition laws. This will be achieved through the appointment of Desk Officers in the respective institutions and through periodic meetings among officials to exchange information on investigation and enforcement priorities.
  • The Commission and CCPC will consult on matters of competition enforcement and policy and keep each other informed of significant competition policy and enforcement developments in their jurisdictions.
  • The two institutions will cooperate in advancing technical assistance and capacity building programs through integrated strategies.

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Download the  Cooperation Agreement with CCPC Zambia here.