VENUE: Cresta Mowana, Chobe, Botswana

15-19 July 2019

The Competition Authority of Botswana, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development are honoured to host the 5th Annual Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) Week, Southern Africa. ACER provides a valuable platform for competition authorities and regulators to share knowledge, keep abreast of key developments across the region, and build networks for collaboration between agencies. ACER week combines targeted courses from 15-17 July 2019, and a conference on 18 & 19 July 2019.

Professional Training Programmes (PTPs)

We are excited to share the course outlines for the updated Professional Training Programmes for this year’s ACER, including new material in each course on regulation, legal principles and competition enforcement for digital platforms. The Professional Training Programmes, which run from 15 - 17 July 2019, will cover key theoretical concepts in competition and economic regulation with illustrations as to how the theories are applied in practice:

1. Core competition economics, regulation and industrial development

This PTP addresses competition policy and regulation in the context of industrial development with a focus on African countries. The programme draws on the theory and empirical evidence from the growing body of research on regional value chains, industrial policy, and barriers to entry and competition in Africa.

2. Advanced competition economics

This PTP is targeted at experienced competition economists from authorities, regulators, public and private sector firms and private practice, this intensive PTP covers the latest developments in economic theory and their application to the analysis of competition cases. In this year, the PTP also includes the key concepts in competition and economic regulation of digital platforms and high-tech markets, drawing on recent international cases.

3. Law in competition policy and economic regulation

This PTP is mainly targeted at legal practitioners, adjudicators and case handlers in competition authorities, economic regulators and government agencies in Southern Africa, as well as private practice and company in-house lawyers. The programme focuses on the practical application of legal principles to real-world case situations.


The conference, which runs on 18 & 19 July 2019, seeks to address issues of direct interest to competition authorities, economic regulators and industrial policy practitioners in Southern Africa.

Queries can be directed to Seli Makofane. Tel: +27 11 559 7523. E-mail: selim@uj.ac.za.

You can book your place through the following link or download and complete the booking form.

For more information, please consult the 5th Annual Competition and Economic Regulation (ACER) Week flyer here.