Zambia: The Board of Commissioners of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has fined Lafarge Zamiba over US$19,000 for abusing loyalty discount schemes, price discrimination and excessive pricing. The fine represents 10% of its annual turnover in 2012, according to the Times of Zambia newspaper. It follows an investigation in the cement producer from mid-2013 following accusations of ‘persistent’ price rises.
The CCPC says that Lafarge Zambia’s pricing policy discriminated the domestic market against the export market and particularly distorted the sector in Lusaka. It has ordered the company to cease and desist such behaviour and to report to the board in early 2018 regarding how it is complying with the ruling.
Lafarge Zambia operates two cement plants in the country. It says it made revenues of US$171,000 in 2016.