The Department is responsible for the policy, research and advocacy agenda of the Authority. This is done through conducting research on competition regulation issues and trends, compiling success stories, documenting areas of improvement and lessons learned from other competition agencies globally.

They also advocate for compliance with the Competition Act and advising the Government of Kenya on matters related to competition, including managing relationships with international and domestic stakeholder.

In order to ensure that policy objectives are achieved in the most effective manner, policy makers consider the impact of proposed policies, bills and regulations.  In Kenya, the Statutory Instruments Act, 2013, requires a regulatory impact statement for all statutory instruments (rules, orders, regulation, form, by law, resolution e.t.c).

This impact statement is required to specifically address the effects of these instruments on competition. 

The Competition Authority of Kenya, therefore;

  1. Studies and investigates ,policies ,procedures, and programs of regulatory Authorities so as to access their effects on competition and Consumer welfare and publicize the  results of such studies;
  2. Make representations to government , government commissions, regulatory authorities and other bodies on matters relating to competition and consumer welfare;
  3. Liaise with regulatory bodies and other public bodies in matters relating to competition and consumer welfare; and Advise the government on matters relating to competition and consumer welfare.

Assessing the impact of competition agencies’ interventions in various jurisdictions is gaining popularity and continues to be an important initiative towards increasing accountability, visibility as well as raising awareness about the benefits of enforcing the Competition Policy and Law.

Globally more competition agencies are computing the expected welfare benefits of their decisions and conducting ex-post appraisal of the impact of some of their key decisions

Regulatory Impact on Competition in Kenya Assessment of Regulatory Impact on Competition in Kenya
Dismantling Regulatory Obstacles to Competition in Kenya Dismantling Regulatory Obstacles to Competition in Kenya

The Authority to conduct a market inquiry is derived from the Section 18 of the competition Act no 12 of 2010.The Authority may be obligated to conduct a market inquiry following legislative requests or in response to concerns raised by the general public and where there is reasonable grounds to suspect a restriction or distortion of competition.

Upon conclusion of a market inquiry, the results inform policy consideration on issues that have an adverse effect on competition, inform consumers, and encourage public debate on competition and consumer welfare concerns.

Inquires enable the Authority conduct an investigation to identify violations of the Competition Act and apply remedies – administrative penalties or criminal sanctions -- or initiate advocacy initiatives.

Kenya Fertiliser Market Inquiry Kenya Fertiliser Market Inquiry
Banking Sector Phase I Market Inquiry Banking Sector Phase I Market Inquiry
Banking Sector Phase II Market Inquiry  Banking Sector Phase II Market Inquiry
USSD Service Provision Market Inquiry. USSD Service Provision Market Inquiry
Leasing Sector Market Inquiry Report April 2019 Leasing Sector Market Inquiry Report April 2019

The Authority strives to maintain customer satisfaction by implementing effective systems and focus on customer feedback.  Therefore, adoption of a quality management system is a strategic decision taken by the Authority to help improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives.  It assists us to:-

  1. Demonstrate our ability to consistently provide services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
  2. Facilitate opportunities to enhance customer satisfaction.
  3. Address risks and opportunities associated with the Authority’s context and objectives.
  4. Show the Authority’s ability to demonstrate conformity to specified quality management system requirements.

The Authority also employs the process approach, which incorporates the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle and risk-based thinking in its management systems. Process approach enables us to plan our processes and their interactions. The PDCA cycle ensures that the Authority’s processes are adequately resourced and managed, and opportunities for improvement are determined and acted on.

The process approach involves the systematic definition and management of processes and their interactions so as to achieve the intended results in accordance with the quality policy and strategic direction of the Authority. 

The application of the process approach in a quality management system enables:

  1.  Understanding and consistency in meeting requirements.
  2. The consideration of processes in terms of value addition.
  3. The achievement of effective process performance. 
  4. Improvement of processes based on evaluation of data and information.

Risk-based thinking enables us to determine the factors that could cause the Authority’s processes and quality management system to deviate from the planned results, to put in place preventive controls in order to minimize negative effects and to make maximum use of opportunities as they arise 

Consistently meeting requirements and addressing future needs and expectations poses a challenge to many organizations, including the Authority, in an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. To achieve this objective, the Authority may where applicable find it necessary to adopt various forms of improvement in addition to correction and continual improvement, such as breakthrough change, innovation and re-organization.

The Authority’s quality manual is also based on the quality management principles listed below;

  1. Customer Focus,
  2.  Leadership,
  3.  Engagement of People,
  4. Process Approach,
  5. Improvement,
  6. Evidence-based Decision Making, and
  7. Relationship management.

Sector studies are a versatile tool used to analyze competition concerns problems in a sector, conduct market research, assessment, understand market structures and identify anti-competitive practices for policy intervention and/or enforcement purposes outside the context of a merger review or antitrust investigation.

This study might also be an impetus for other regulatory authorities and policy formulating bodies to align their policies to the Competition Act of Kenya.

A Guide for Trade Associations A Guide for Trade Associations
Construction Industry in Kenya Construction Industry in Kenya
Regional Cement Sector Study Regional Cement Sector Study
Regional Sugar Sector Study Regional Sugar Sector Study
Special Compliance Process Report 2016-2017 Special Compliance Process Report 2016-2017

The Authority prepares and disseminates annual reports detailing its activities and plans during the year as mandated by Section 83 of the Competition Act No. 12 of 2010.

This report is deemed sufficient to impart an accurate understanding of the nature and scope of its activities, plans and priorities.

FY 2019-2020 FY 2019-2020 CAK Annual Report
FY 2018-2019 FY 2018-2019 CAK Annual Report
FY 2017-2018 FY 2017-2018 CAK Annual Report
FY 2016-2017 FY 2016-2017 CAK Annual Report
FY 2015-2016  FY 2015-2016 CAK Annual Report
FY 2014-2015 FY 2014-2015 CAK Annual Report
FY 2013-2014 FY 2013-2014 CAK Annual Report
FY 2012-2013 FY 2012-2013 CAK Annual Report