consumer protection, new regime, politics, The Gambia

“New” antitrust enforcer takes on additional task of consumer protection

The Gambian Competition Commission has changed its name and enlarged its mandate

With the passage of Consumer Protection Act 2014, the Gambia Competition Commission has changed its name to The Gambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (GCCPC) The rationale for inclusion of the broader task of consumer protection (in addition to antitrust enforcement of the Competition Act of 2007) was, perhaps somewhat analogous to other sister agencies worldwide (e.g., the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which likewise has a similar dual mandate), described as follows by the the minister for
Trade and Industry, Abdou Kolley:

“Trade goes with competition, and where there is trade there is a need for consumer protection.”

In addition to the GCCPC, the Act envisages the establishment of consumer-protection tribunals throughout The Gambia’s administrative regions to hear and adjudicate consumer-protection complaints.