Monthly Archives: February 2020

PRODUCT RECALL OF CERTAIN PILCHARD PRODUCTS (TINNED FISH) IN SOUTH AFRICA

CCC -CP -NOTICE-1-of-2020

WARNING NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) hereby notifies the general public that the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) in South Africa has ordered for a national recall of 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce and 400g Pilchards in Chilli Sauce (Tinned Fish) with immediate effect. This is following the outcome of an investigation by NRCS which revealed a deficiency in the canning process. It was found that some of the cans were compromised during the sauce filling step on the production line and therefore could affect the safety of consumers. The recalled products were manufactured in 2019 by West Point Processors based in Cape Town and include the following brands:

  • Deep Catch
  • Mammas
  • OK Housebrand
  • Prime Ocean
  • Spar
  • Sunny
  • Shoprite Ritebrand
  • Cape Point
  • Checkers Housebrand
  • U Brand
  • Saldanha
  • West Point

The above products bear the markings starting with ZST29 and ZSC29 on top of the can.

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 pilchard products.

 

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 Commission on +265 1 772 466 or email: compcom@comesa.int.

 

George K Lipimile

Director & Chief Executive Officer

 

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NOTICE OF CLOSURE OF THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR ON OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN THE YEAR 2020

                                                                                                                                          CCC Notice No. 2 of 2020

 

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 2020 on the following dates:-

Official Holiday

Date
New Years’s Day 1st January 2020
John Chilembwe Day 15th January 2020
Martyrs Day 3rd March 2020
Good Friday 10th April 2020
Easter 12th and 13th April 2020
Labour Day 1st May 2020
Kamuzu Day 14th May 2020
Independence Day 6th July 2020
Mother’s Day 15th October 2020
Christmas 25th December 2020

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.”

 

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: PROVISION OF GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES

REF: CCC/CFP/2/1/2020

 

  1. INTRODUCTION

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) is an international body corporate established under Article 6 of the COMESA Competition Regulations (“the Regulations”). The Regulations are promulgated pursuant to Article 55 of the Treaty establishing the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“the COMESA Treaty”).

 

The Commission is responsible for enforcing the Regulations, whose purpose is promoting and encouraging competition by preventing restrictive business practices and other restrictions that deter the efficient operations of markets, thereby enhancing the welfare of consumers in the Common Market.

 

This document constitutes the formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for Provision of General Insurance Services to the Commission for a period of two years with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance.

 

  1. OBJECTIVE

This Request for Proposal (RFP) document is intended to lead to the identification of potential qualified Insurance Companies and/or Insurance Brokers that can demonstrate having sufficient capacity and experience to provide General Insurance Services in the best way possible and in a manner that enables the Commission to meet its expectations.

 

The Commission is therefore soliciting from interested Insurance Companies and/or Insurance Brokers proposals for such services and required coverage include but is not limited to:

  • Office combined (including office furniture & office equipment)
  • Vehicle Insurance

 

  1. SCOPE OF SERVICES

 The scope of this requirement is to provide general insurance services to the COMESA Competition Commission.  Some of the key services will include:

  • Insurance cover placement of new and renewal of insurance policies.
  • Insurance policy review – review and provide expertise on insurance policies in place to ensure adequacy of cover, analysis of any change in the Commission’s insurance needs and changes in the insurance market.
  • Process all Commission’s claims.
  • Valuations of all Commission’s assets.
  • General advisory services – timely advice on trends in the industry, changes in relevant laws and the likely impact.
  • Any other value insight not captured above.

 

  1. QUALIFICATION AND RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

In order to be eligible for participation in this tender process, prospective companies must demonstrate clearly a track record of carrying out services of this nature at national or regional level. Specifically, companies must demonstrate the following:

 

  1. That they possess the necessary professional and technical qualification and competence, financial resources, equipment and other physical facilities, managerial capability, experience to perform this contract;
  2. That they have the legal capacity to enter into the contract;
  3. That they are insolvent, in receivership, bankrupt or being wound up, their business activities have not been suspended, and they are not the subject of legal proceedings for any of the foregoing.
  4. That they have fulfilled their obligation to pay taxes, and social security obligations;
  5. Have at least five (5) years’ experience in provision of general insurance services.

 

  1. SELECTION

Only Companies who meet our minimum requirements will be considered for further discussions.  The Commission reserves, at its sole discretion, the right to select or reject, either in totality or partially, any or all proposals made in the context of this request.  Any such decisions made will be final and no correspondence will be engaged into, other than for informing the bidders of the outcome of the process.

 

  1. APPLICATION

Responses to this call for proposals should include the following:

  • A proposal for the provision of the general insurance services;
  • A brief cover letter indicating relevant experience;
  • Profile of the company or Curriculum vitae of its Directors

 

  1. SUBMISSION OF RESPONSES

 Interested companies should submit their responses to this RFP to the Commission to the following email compcom@comesa.int  or posted/delivered to the address below on or before 17:00 hours on Friday, 20th March 2020

 

The Director and Chief Executive Officer,

COMESA Competition Commission,

5th Floor Kang’ombe House,

P.O Box 30742,

Lilongwe 3,

MALAWI.

Tel. +265 1 772 466

 

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NOTICE: SUSPENSION OF PHASE 1 AND 2 REVIEW PERIOD FOR MERGER ASSESSMENT

CCC/NOTICE/2/1/2020

The COMESA Competition Commission (the “Commission”) wishes to inform parties to mergers and acquisitions, the general public and all concerned stakeholders that it has suspended the implementation of Phase 1 and Phase 2 review periods for merger assessment, as provided under Section 6 of the 2015 COMESA Merger Assessment Guidelines (the “Guidelines”).

Article 26 of the COMESA Competition Regulations mandates the Commission to notify all affected Member States of notified mergers in order to seek their views on the merger. Therefore, the Commission is still consulting with the Member States to arrive at optimum merger review periods for both Phases 1 and 2.

In view of the foregoing, the public is hereby informed that Sections 6.3 to 6.17 of the Guidelines are not currently being applied by the Commission, until further notice. This notwithstanding, the Commission shall continue to endeavour to conclude the assessment of notified mergers as soon as is practically possible within the statutory period provided by the Regulations. This Notice is effective starting 6th February 2020. Note: this Notice also applies to all merger transactions that are currently under review by the Commission.

If you wish to seek further details and/or clarifications on any aspect of this Notice, you may get in touch with Mr. Willard Mwemba, Manager, Mergers and Acquisitions, on +265 (0) 1 772 466 or via email at wmwemba@comesa.int.

 

George K. Lipimile

Director & Chief Executive Office

 

Click here to download the Notice.