CPI Talks… with Chairman Amir Ibrahim

…with Chairman Amir Ibrahim

In this month’s edition of CPI Talks we have the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Amir Nabil Ibrahim, the Chairman of the Egyptian Competition Authority.

In this month’s edition of CPI Talks we have the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Amir Nabil Ibrahim, the Chairman of the Egyptian Competition Authority (“ECA”).

Thank you, Chairman Ibrahim, for sharing your time for this interview with CPI.

  1. What are the sectors in the Egyptian economy in which you see a lot of potential welfare gains from ECA’s interventions? What are the sectors (e.g. technology, healthcare, etc.) where monopolies are known to operate or in which mergers take place at a high rate?

Digital markets have recently proven to be among the most powerful, dynamic sectors of the economy. The Egyptian economy benefits greatly from these markets, as they attract many users and many employment opportunities. At the same time, increasing concentration through mergers or acquisitions often takes place on these markets, making them prone to monopolization.

Given these characteristics, and given the importance of the digital sector to the Egyptian economy, the ECA finds that it is often necessary to intervene to prevent potentially anti-competitive behavior. This can take the form of intervening against cartel behavior, abuses of dominance, or anti-competitive mergers or acquisitions that may lead to irreversible harm on these nascent

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