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Essay Writing Competition Presentations Kenyatta University, Amphitheater Hall Date: May 25, 2016 from 9.30am – 12.30pm

The Competition Authority of Kenya (the Authority) is established under the Competition Act, No. 12 of 2010 (the Act).  The Authority’s mandate is to enforce the Act with the object of enhancing the welfare of the people of Kenya by promoting and protecting effective competition in markets and preventing misleading market conduct throughout Kenya.

It endeavors to achieve the above outcome through control of mergers; unwarranted concentration of economic power; prohibition of Abuse of Dominance; regulation of concerted practices and prohibition of unfair and misleading market conduct. Effective competition and regulation together contribute to economic growth and welfare while creating an atmosphere that supports innovation.

With this objective and with the aim of encouraging intellectual discourse among students on Competition Law and Policy, the Authority conducts an Annual Essay Writing Competition. This Essay writing competition is open for ALL students of both public and private Universities in Kenya pursuing an Undergraduate degree or Master’s degree in Law, Economics and any other business related field. In addition the competition is aimed at promoting writing and analytical skills among University students while encouraging research and analysis in the Competition regulation field.

Topics for the year 2016

Undergraduate category:   
1.    Explain how agencies mandated to promote competition and consumer welfare should collaborate in enforcing their consumer protection mandate and highlight also the priority areas which they should focus on?

Postgraduate category:   
Please choose one topic and discuss.
1.    With the creation of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) e.g. EAC and COMESA, what do you envisage to be the role of National Competition Agencies in enhancing regional integration?
2.    What should be the balance between competition assessment and public interest consideration in merger evaluation?

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