Famialiarise with competition laws, President tells judges

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Competition Commission is training Zimbabwean judges to be able to interpret competition and consumer laws.

The training workshop was opened by President Mnangagwa in Victoria Falls, Friday, where he implored the judges to familiarise with the commercial law to be able to help government in policy making.

Judges from all higher courts in the country are attending the workshop for the Judiciary in Zimbabwe which is meant to capacitate them with tools and skills to effectively adjudicate competition cases.

“It is most opportune that this workshop is taking place at the stage when our economy is transitioning from stabilisation to growth. To this end, judicial staff must be kept updated and knowledgeable about activities taking place in industry and commerce,” said President Mnangagwa.

He said Zimbabwe’s development aspirations can be attained through an effective empowered and agile judicial system, which strives for fairness and increased efficiencies across all the productive economic sectors.

“In our case as Zimbabwe, competition law and the attendant robust policy frameworks are important towards the speedy realisation of vision 2030,” he said.

The president said legal instruments capacitate judicial people on the ever evolving nature of competition law and other related frameworks.

COMESA is working with the Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe.

COMESA Competition Commission director Dr Willard Mwemba said the regional body signed a memorandum of understanding with the Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe to address issues of competition in industry and commerce, which are key in enhancing free and liberal markets.

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