[1 March 2021] The Competition Commission launched a market inquiry into online intermediation platform services with the publication of draft terms of reference for public comment.
The deadline for comments on the terms of reference/scope of the Inquiry is 16h00 on 12 March 2021.
The Online Intermediary Platform Market Inquiry or OIPMI will be initiated in terms of section 43B(1)(a) of the Competition Act given that the Commission “has reason to believe that there exist market features which impede, distort or restrict competition amongst the platforms themselves, and which undermine the purposes of the Act”.
Online intermediation services include eCommerce marketplaces, software app stores and intermediated services such as accommodation, travel, transport and food delivery.
The Commission previously published a Report on Competition in the Digital Economy.