Cartels & Trade Abuses
§3 of the Competition Act, 2010 prohibits the abuse of market power by dominant undertakings. §4 of Act prohibits agreements between business undertakings and decisions by trade associations that can distort competition in a market.
The Cartels & Trade Abuses (C&TA) Department is tasked with enforcing these prohibitions. The C&TA Department investigates potential violations of §3 & 4, specifically those involving collusion and cartelisation, and recommends action against violators to the Commission. It also undertakes policy reviews and recommends issuance of policy notes by the Commission in situations where governmental policy or legislation maybe discouraging competition or facilitating abuse of dominance by, or collusion between, market players. It also reviews general competition issues in the national economy and, where necessary, recommends the Commission to conduct open hearings and publicly express its opinion in the matter.