The ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (ERCA participated at the 2nd Africa-EU competition week in Bruges, Belgium from 13-17 February 2023
Within the framework of the Exchange and dialogue on competition policy and enforcement between national and regional competition authorities in Africa on the one hand and the European Union on the other, the College of Europe organized the 2nd Africa-EU Competition Week in Bruges, Belgium.
ERCA was represented by Dr. Simeon Koffi, Executive Director, and Ibrima Tambajang, Programme Officer.
The event aimed at promoting cooperation in the field of competition law and policy by bringing African and European policies and enforcement closer together and strengthening ties between the respective competition authorities.
The Competition Week presented an opportunity for EU and African participants to interact with other competition officials and be able to critically reflect on and compare their national legislations and enforcement practices.
The event which was attended by Leading academics, practitioners, and officials from both the EU and Africa focused on investigative procedures and analytical frameworks in competition law enforcement, including discussing experiences covering the different steps of competition investigations and proceedings, ranging from information gathering tools and case management, through to frameworks for economic assessment and the design of remedies.
It also covered cartels, merger control, abuse of dominance, State interventions in markets, and interactions with sector regulators.
The 5-day programme which included dedicated plenary sessions and workshops for smaller groups to facilitate discussion ended with a conference on the topic Towards fairer markets in Africa and EU, Fostering international partnerships in Competition Policy. This event contributed to sharing experiences and having a base of international networking beneficial to ERCA and to the future of competition in Africa and in a global environment facing the challenges of digital technology and decarbonization.