Thula Kaira



Education/Bar Membership

Bachelor/Master of Marketing & Management
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Post-graduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law
WIPO Certificate in Intellectual Property
Law Society of Botswana Bar Qualifying Exams

Thula Kaira is a consultant in competition and regulatory law and policy. He has 20 years’ experience in this regard, reaching the summit as CEO of the competition authorities in Zambia (2007-2011) and Botswana (2011-2016)
  • World Bank Consultant in review of competition policy issues in road sector procurement processes in Zambia
  • UNCTAD Consultant in development of a competition assessment toolkit for Zimbabwe and review of competition dynamics in the ICT sector
  • UNCTAD expert in peer review of competition policy in Tanzania
  • SADC Consultant assisting with operational framework prior to establishment of the Swaziland Competition Commission
  • Set-up the Competition Authority in Botswana and its operational systems
  • Part of the team of selected experts who reviewed the consultants ‘ drafts of the COMESA Competition Regulations and Rules
  • Competition Law staff training: SADC/COMESA region
  • Reviewed merger notifications from notable mergers over the years
    • ZAIN /Celtel takeover by Airtel
    • SABMiller group
    • Total takeover of Mobil assets
  • Presided over public hearings/adjudication as Chair of the Mergers Review Committee in Botswana:
  • AON Holdings and Glenrand MIB Botswana
  • Clover South Africa and Clover Botswana
  • GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Aspen Pharmacare Holding
    • Sun International and Peermont Group
    • KFC and Callus
  • Advisory to clients on merger process in Botswana, Zambia and COMESA
  • Advisory on abuse of dominance and cartel leniency program
  • General compliance programming and audit in competition and consumer protection.
  • Strategic Management and Corporate Governance
  • Determination of Mergers and Acquisitions under the Competition Law of Zambia, 2004 presentation to business and lawyers
  • Role of Competition Law in Poverty Alleviation published in an omnibus of competition experts  by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 2008
  • Peer Review Report of Competition Law and Policy Implementation in the Republic of Tanzania – 2012 (as an UNCTAD consultant), 2012
  • Competition Assessment Toolkit for Zimbabwe, (as an UNCTAD consultant), 2014
  • Review of the Zimbabwe ICT Law and Policy (as an UNCTAD consultant), 2015
  • A Cartel in South Africa is a Cartel in a Neighboring Country, University of Johannesburg, Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development, 2015
  • Should Intellectual Property be exempt from the application of Competition Law? The Link between competition law and intellectual property – Selected Articles, CUTS International, 2016

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