Eighth Annual Conference on Competition Law, Economics & Policy

DAY 1
08:00 Registration
09h00 -10h00 Welcome:Keynote speaker: Prof. Nicola Kleyn
Deputy Dean: GIBS
Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner: Competition Commission Speech
Hon. Ebrahim Patel, MP Minister: Economic Development Department Speech
10h00 – 11h30 PANEL DISCUSSION
15 years of competition enforcement, what’s next? Judge for Yourself
Chair: Judge Dennis Davis (President of the Competition Appeal Court)
  • Tembinkosi Bonakele (Commissioner, Competition Commission);
  • Zwelinzima Vavi (General Secretary, Congress of South African Trade Unions)
  • Jabulane Mabuza (President of Business Unity South Africa);
  • Paul Coetser (Chairman, Competition Law Committee of the Law Society of South Africa); and
  • Yasmin Carrim (Member, Competition Tribunal)
11h30 -11h50 TEA BREAK/PRESS CONFERENCE
11h50 – 13h00 Parallel 1A: 15 Year Reflection Parallel 1B: Single Economic Entity
Rethinking Exclusionary Abuse in South Africa Neil Mackenzie The application of the Single Economic Entity doctrine in South African Competition Law Enforcement: A Singular Confusion in Need of Singling out. Chris Charter
What is competition good for? John Oxenham and Patrick Smith Single Economic Entity Doctrine in South Africa. Neil Mackenzie, Ingrid Rogers and Stephen Langbridge
The incorporation of the public interest test in the assessment of prohibited conduct: a juggling act? Yongama Njisane and Ziyanda Buthelezi A long wait and expensive wait – assessing the procedure for adjudicating complaints. Rudolph Raath & Paul Coetser
Chair : Wendy Mkwananzi, CompComDiscussant: Prof. Kasturi Moodaliyar, The Mandela Institute. Wits Chair: Rietsie Badenhorst, CompTribDiscussant: Jean Meijer, Bowman Gilfillan
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
PANEL DISCUSSION
14h00 – 15h00 Topic: Regional and international perspectives, is there common ground?
Chair: Thula Kaira (Chief Executive Officer, Competition Authority of Botswana)
Speakers:
  • Thabisile Langa (Chief Executive Officer, Swaziland Competition Commission)
  • Augustine Peter (Member, Competition Commission of India);
  • George Lipimile (CEO and Director of COMESA Competition Commission)
15h00 – 15h20 TEA BREAK
15h20 – 16h50 Parallel 2A: Market Inquiries Parallel 2B: Ex-post Evaluations of Mergers
What role will competition market enquiries play in promoting competition? Mark Griffiths and Wiri Gumbie Is breast the best? Evaluating the price effects of the Nestlé/Pfizer merger in the South African infant milk formula market. Katerina Barzeva Thembalethu Sithebe and Liberty Mncube
Knowledge is power: the role of market inquiries in asserssing the extent of competition and facilitating ex-ante regulation markets. Derushka Chetty, Yongama Njisane and Carmen Martin The elusive constructs of barriers to entry and countervailing power: Post-merger analyses, the SA experience. Grace Mohamed
Public Interest, the Constitution and the private healthcare inquiry. Tim Hodgson
Chair: Clint Oerllermannn, CompComDiscussant: Joseph Walser, Competition Authority of Ireland Chair: Andile Gwabeni, CompComDiscussant: Prof. Jim Fairburn, UKZN

 

DAY 2
09h00 – 10h30 PANEL DISCUSSION
Topic: Competition Policy and Inclusive Growth.
Chair: Professor Fiona Tregenna (Part-time member of the Competition Tribunal and Professor of Economics, University of Johannesburg)
Speakers:
  • Josephilda Nhlapo-Hlope (Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation; Presidency)
  • Dr Jose Gabriel Palma, Senior Lecturer, Cambridge University
  • Prof Mushtaq Husain Khan, SOAS, University of London
  • Dr Simon Roberts (Director of the Centre for Competition Economics, University of Johannesburg)
  • Dr Neva Makgetla (Adviser to the Minister, Economic Development Department)
10h30 – 10h50 TEA BREAK
10h50 – 12h00 Parallel 3A: Competition and Inclusive Growth 1 Parallel 3B: Competition and Inclusive Growth 2
Understanding competition and regional integration as part of an inclusive growth agenda for Africa: key issues, insights and a research agenda. Simon Roberts, Thando Vilakazi, and Witness Simbanegavi Competition Policy Perspective: The mis-regulation of the South African Fishing Industry. Kholiswa Mnisi and Bongisa Lekezwa
On measuring the economic impact: savings to the economy post cement cartel burst. Siphamandla Mkhwanazi, Hariprasad Govinda, and Junior Khumalo Competition and Trade policy – frenemies? Marumo Nkomo and Magdaleen Van Wyk
Assessment of the long steel cartel: rebar overcharge estimates. Reena Das Nair Pamela Mondliwa, and Andrew Sylvester Fostering competition and saving state resources by combatting bid-rigging. Mziwodumo Rubushe
Chair: Mava Scott, CompComDiscussant: Prof Nicola Theron, Econex Chair: Makgale Mohlala, CompComDiscussant: Bukhosibakhe Majenge,CompCom
12h00 – 13h00 LUNCH

 

13h00 – 14h30 PANEL DISCUSSION
Topic: Competition and Innovation.
Chair: Oliver Josie (Competition Commission SA)
Speakers:
  • René van Wyk (Registrar of Banks, South African Reserve Bank);
  • Francis Kariuki (Director General, Competition Authority of Kenya); and
  • Victor Kgomoeswana
14h30 – 14h45 Closing: Norman Manoim (Chairperson, Competition Tribunal)
14H45-15H10 TEA BREAK
15h10 – 16h30 Parallel 4A: Regulated Sectors Parallel 4B: Other issues in Competition
Interchange determination: An assessment of the regulation of interchange in South African in light of international developments Sha’ista Goga State-owned entities and competition. Jason Aproskie, Morne Hendrinksz and Tshekishi Kolobe
The interface between competition and sector-specific regulation in the telecommunications industry – the case of mobile termination rates. Nicola Theron World Bankd Study – South Africa Economic Update Focus on Export Competitiveness. Catriona Purfield
The interface of competition and regulation in energy, telecommunications and transport in South Africa. Reena Das Nair and Simon Roberts Comparative price dynamics in South African and German Cartels. Willem H. Boshoff
Chair: Hardin Ratshisusu, CompComDiscussant: James Hodge, Genesis Analytics Chair: Junior Khumalo, CompComDiscussant: Liberty Mncube, CompCom
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