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Mr. William Mwemba

Director and Chief Executive Officer of the COMESA Competition Commission

Willard Mwemba is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the COMESA Competition Commission.The COMESA Competition Commission is responsible for both Competition regulation and consumer protection in the Common Market.

Prior to that, he was Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Division at the same insti- tution for 7 years. Dr Mwemba previously worked for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Zambia for 7 years where he rose through the ranks to be- come Director of Mergers and Monopolies until he left in 2013. During his employment at the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Zambia, he also worked in the Consumer Division where he handled several cases that had a direct impact on consum- ers especially the poor.

With more than 17 years of experience in competition and consumer law enforcement, Dr. Mwemba has been key in the enforcement of the COMESA Competition Regulations in the Common Market as well as in the development of competition and consumer protection laws in some Member States. He drove the process of drafting, inter alia, the COMESA Competition Mergers Operations Manual, Merger Investigation Procedures, COMESA Merger Assessment Guidelines, and amendments to the COMESA Merger Noti- fication Form 12. Further, Dr. Mwemba was instrumental and led the team that amended the Rules on the COMESA Merger NotificationThresholds and Merger Filing Fees. Dr. Mwemba continues to play a key role in the development of competition and consumer protection laws, guidelines, and operational manuals in the Member States and provides support to other Regional Economic Communities in the development of such enforce- ment tools. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Competition Training Centre for the Middle East and Africa.

He has written extensively about competition law and has spoken at several high profile and he is usually invited as a guest lecturer on the subject at Universities and Colleges in Zambia and beyond.

Dr. Mwemba holds several qualifications among them two bachelor’s degrees with spe- cialization in Law and Economics from the University of Zambia, a Master’s degree in European Union Competition Law from Kings College: London, and a Ph.D. in Competi- tion Law from the University of CapeTown.

1430 - 1600

Thursday 6th July 2023 Conference Day 1

Stream 1 – Section on Business Law (SBL)

Venue: Zebra Hall

Accelerating African Integration through Free Movement and the Single African Market: Lessons learnt

Sponsored by: the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC-AU)

Moderator: Adv. Harold SUNGUSIA, President, Tanganyika Law Society

Panellists:

  • Emmanuel Korbla BENSAH Jr., Deputy Executive Director, AfCFTA Policy Network
  • Mr. Kyeretwie OSEI, Head of Programmes, ECOSOCC, African Union (Virtual)
  • Hon. Ms. Nyambura MBATIA, FCIArb, Registrar of the COMESA Court
  • Dr. Willard MWEMBA, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the COMESA Competition Commission.