African Competition Forum: Promoting Open and Competitive Markets

Markets in developing countries are often marked by anti-competitive behaviour, concentrated market power, and low access for newcomers. This limits local enterprise development and innovation. This project supports African countries in their bid to promote markets that work better for all producers and consumers.

Stronger competition laws and well-functioning institutions that promote competition are crucial to reducing anti-competitive practices. Such changes would also help to ensure that markets offer competitive prices for consumers, and allow openings to new entrants. This project supports the strengthening of the Africa Competition Forum (ACF), which was set up in March 2010. It aims to develop policies that will support competitive markets at national and regional levels throughout Africa.

The ACF will support and build capacity among competition agencies in those African countries that already have a competition law in place or drafted. In countries that have not yet set up competition agencies or laws, the goal is to support them in taking those steps.

To achieve the project's goals, the ACF will develop a program of research, collaborative strategic planning, capacity building, and knowledge management. The training and consultative aspects of the work are expected to demonstrate value to the AFC's members, and show policy results.

The project will be managed by a small secretariat set up using a competitive process. It will work closely with ACF members' staff in the host countries. Member agencies will complement donor funding through in-kind contributions. Added to the funding mix is in-kind support in the form of technical assistance from interested agencies and networks in other parts of the world.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, July 20, 2012

End Date

Thursday, November 20, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Okwi, Paul

Total funding

CA$ 751,100


South Africa, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Mr. Francis Wang'ombe Kariuki


Competition Commission (South Africa)

Institution Country

South Africa

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