“Protection of Competition” holds two workshops on combating “collusion in contracting” and “competitive neutrality”

As part of the implementation of the comprehensive state strategy to support competition policies and competitive neutrality; The Agency for the Protection of Competition and the Prevention of Monopolistic Practices held two workshops for the leaders and employees of the National Authority for the Management and Operation of the Subway on competition policies and competitive neutrality, and combating the collusion operations of persons competing for administrative authorities during the presentation of contractual processes.

The workshop took place over two days. The first day was devoted to the strategy to support competition policies and competitive neutrality, where the strategy, its axes and objectives were reviewed, in addition to the executive steps taken by the state in this regard, on top of which comes the establishment of the Higher Committee to Support Competition Policy and Competitive Neutrality headed by the Prime Minister. And the membership of a number of ministers and relevant authorities, including setting the necessary standards and rules for the state’s administrative authorities to ensure that their policies and decisions are compatible with competition policies and the principle of competitive neutrality, in addition to reviewing decisions, legislation, regulations and policies issued by the state’s administrative authorities; To ensure their compliance with the rules of free competition and the policy of competitive neutrality, as well as correct procedures and regulatory frameworks for markets that suffer from a lack of competitive neutrality.


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Technical support was also provided to sector heads and second and third row leaders in the authority on how to assess the effects of laws and regulations on competition and to avoid issuing regulatory tools that harm the competition climate in the Egyptian state through four stages, the first of which is examining the affected markets, evaluating the adverse effects on competition, and studying justifications and reasons for intervention. The last of which is the identification of alternatives and the feasibility of corrective measures, all to ensure their compliance with the provisions of the law, which would enhance competition for the benefit of the investment climate, provide job opportunities, and diversify the sources of consumer access to goods and services with the best quality and lowest prices.

The workshop also dealt with presenting the vision of the agency, which works to contribute to raising the efficiency of the national economy by enhancing competition in the markets, by establishing the rules of competition, reducing monopolistic practices, opening markets and ensuring competitive neutrality, in a way that ensures the competitiveness of markets for the benefit of citizens, economic entities and the economy in general.

While the second day was devoted to collusion in government contracts, the training targeted the employees of the contracting departments and the legal and engineering departments of the authority on how to confront the collusion processes that may take place between persons competing for the administrative authorities during the presentation of contractual processes in their various forms such as tenders, auctions, practices and others, within the framework of the campaign launched The device is under the title “No Collusion in Government Contracts”, which aims to confront practices harmful to competition and violating the law in order to preserve public money.

The Competition Protection Authority attaches great importance to combating collusion in government tenders and auctions that may take place between individuals and companies. As these agreements are among the most dangerous types of crimes because of their negative impact on the national economy and waste of public money, and harm the effectiveness and efficiency of government spending, and result in the various government agencies not obtaining goods and services at the best price and quality, which wastes public money and harms the public interest of the state.

It is worth noting that the Competition Protection Authority has issued a periodical book on how to implement the articles related to competition protection contained in the Law No. 182 of 2018 regulating contracts concluded by public authorities and its executive regulations and how to notify the agency in the event of suspected collusion in any of the contractual operations within the administrative authorities. Instructions to raise the efficiency of procurement officials in government agencies in detecting cases of collusion in public practices.

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