RURA and World Bank host a workshop to promote competition policies in the telecommunications sector


Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rwanda) in Partnership with the World Banks Group, is conducting a three-day training workshop on "strengthening capacity to design and implement pro-competition regulations in the telecommunications sector", which started today, May 14, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Experts from the World Bank, East African Telecom Regulators and competition authorities are exchanging ideas on how governments can come up with effective policies that spur fair competition among telecommunication operators, ensuring better service to the consumers while also proving opportunities for the sector's business growth.

At the opening of this interactive training, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Michel Sebera, said that vibrant and effective competition is critical to the development, growth and poverty reduction.

"It is important to mention from the onset that the promotion of competition policy is designed to create shared prosperity and welfare gains for consumers, businesses and Government. It is the duty of the Government to ensure a level playing field for all"

Participants of the training include Official representatives from the East African Community countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Ethiopia, Malawi and COMESA Competition Commission are also represented.

Mr. Ignace Rusenga Mihigo Bacyaha, the IFC Resident Representative in Rwanda, indicated that competition laws and policies have to aim at bringing benefit for consumers and to serve as drivers of sustainable economic growth. 

"Effective competition policy has a positive impact on total factor productivity growth and competitiveness. In addition, competition law enforcement can prevent overcharges that may result from anticompetitive conduct, such as cartel behaviour."

During his Presentation on Mobile Telephone Termination rate, reforms and impact, Dr Benjamin Rutimirwa, the Director of Economic Regulation Unit at RURA ensured the participants that RURA is well equipped to assess the quality of services in the telecommunications sector.

The Monday session was also the occasion for World Bank Group to share the research done on policies and competition on Sub-Sahara African dubbed, "breaking down barriers: unlocking Africa's potential through vigorous competition policy". 

The workshop Training will conclude on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

You can find here various Pictures from the workshop