COMESA agency pushes for restructure in Coca-Cola’s pricing model

AFRICA – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission (CCC) has called for suspension of the clause that allows Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Ltd (CCBA) to set prices for its distributors. According to CCC, stipulation of price by CCBA, a subsidiary of the Atlanta based Coca-Cola Company, on its non-alcoholic drinks has…

Kenyan farmers oppose sugar zoning, seek Competition Authority’s intervention

KENYA -  The Sugar Campaign for Change (SUCAM), a sugar advocacy group in Kenya, said that it does not support the sugar zoning proposal in Kenya's draft Sugar Regulations, 2018 terming the move as illegal and anti-competitive that would require an express waiver by the Competition Authority. The draft regulations, now under review by the…

COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…

Kenya’s sugar imports rise to reach 189,000 tonnes in nine months to September

KENYA – Kenya’s sugar imports have clicked 189,000 tonnes in the nine months to September, a significant reduction from the 933,000 tonnes of sugar it imported last year. A report by the East African revealed that out of the total imported sugar, that from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East…

Kenya sighs relief as COMESA extends safeguards on sugar imports for 2yrs

KENYA - The regional trade bloc, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has approved an extension safeguarding Kenyan sugar industry from cheap imports from the region for two more years. According to Business Daily, the July 14 nod, granted by the bloc’s Council of Ministers in a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia protects Kenya…

Kenya seeks COMESA’s protection from cheap imported sugar

KENYA - Kenya has written to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seeking protection from cheap sugar imported into the country from the region, according to Business Daily. This is not the first time Kenya has written to the free trade area pursuing to limit sugar imports from the region while protecting…