Thursday, 29 May 2014
TANZANIA FAIR COMPETITION COMMISSION CLEARS NAKUMATT’S BID TO TAKE OVER SHOPRITE STORES
It has now been confirmed that the Fair Competition Commission (FCC) of Tanzania has already given a green light for the transaction that will see Nakumatt taking over three stores owned by South African retailer Shoprite in Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
‘’We granted the approval to Nakumatt on Monday. There were no much issues to deal with after Tanzania Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers which had filed the case to block the buyout by Nakumatt settled their grievances with their employer,’’ said the Tanzanian Fair Competition Commission Public Relations Manager, Frank Mdimi.
He said that the approval has been granted with strict conditions to Nakumatt on how they should operate in Tanzania and the protocol to be observed when buying or importing their products.
Under the new guidelines, Nakumatt will be expected to employ a certain percentage of the locals in their stores and sign a pact with the government detailing how much they will be buying from Tanzanian manufacturers and disclosing the bulk they will be buying from Kenya.
“Our focus will be to support local manufactures by buying most products from them,’’ Nakumatt Holdings’ head of strategy and operations Thiagarajan Ramamurthy said.