The Authority, from time to time, conducts cross cutting programs aimed at creating pro-competitive outcomes, inculcating a culture of competition and creating awareness about the Authority’s mandate.
The Special Compliance Process
Recently, in addition to efforts to detect and prosecute competition infringements, the CAK has launched a campaign to encourage compliance with the Act as a matter of business self-interest. This campaign is known as the Special Compliance Process (SCP). The CAK has adopted this program as an important tool of soft enforcement for trade associations in the financial and agricultural sectors of the Kenyan economy. The SCP is motivated by the realization that, notwithstanding the Act coming into force, trade associations continue to have rules, practices and procedures that are likely to contravene the Act. The aim of the SCP is to:
- ensure that trade associations are in compliance with the Act and, in particular, with sections 21 and 22 of the Act;
- facilitate the identification and rectification of past conduct regarding competition in their specified markets;
- increase awareness and foster best business practices in the future; and
- address and resolve contraventions, without requiring in-depth investigations under section 31, thus reducing the costs of compliance for trade associations and their members.