NAIROBI: Monday, December 28, 2020
By Sofia Ali
Mr. Wang’ombe Kariuki, the Competition Authority of Kenya’s Director-General, has been
appointed to the World Bank’s Advisory Panel. The key deliverable is advising on the World
Development Report (WDR) 2021.
The Director-General will be part of distinguished thought leaders from across the globe
contributing to the seminal annual publication which will be themed Data for Better Lives.
The WDR, which has been produced since 1978, provides in-depth analysis and policy
recommendations on important aspects of development and serves as a reference point for,
among others, policy makers, governments, civil societies, scholars, and multilateral
The upcoming report will among others, focus on opportunities and challenges of data to
improve the lives of poor people in low- and middle-income countries, while trying to find a
balance between data’s potential to improve lives and the risk of misuse.
Further, the WDR 2021 will seek to establish cases where data collection by private entities has
been used for the good of society and also propose data governance and policy reforms needed
for less developed countries to benefit from the data economy.
The report shall also reflect on the data value chain, including data creation and collection,
processing, sharing, securing access, archiving, and destruction, and harnessing it to facilitate
more people participate in the digital economy and enjoy the benefits of a data-driven society.
“The appointment takes cognizance of the fact that competition law enforcement has a role to
play in poverty alleviation and that data is a highly prized asset among companies which can be
leveraged for development or socio-economic harm, said Mr. Kariuki.
“Private firms may use data to deter entry of upcoming firms, thereby limiting or preventing
competition to the detriment of consumers, specifically eroding their purchasing power and
Past reports covered topics such as poverty, agriculture, gender, the role of state, transition
economies, governance, infrastructure, health, and trade.
Mr. Kariuki has an MSc in Competition and Economic Regulation from City University, London.
He has served on the COMESA Competition Commission Board and is a founder member and
first chairman of the African Competition Forum (ACF).
He has also served as a commissioner in the East African Community Competition Authority.
His main interests are in competition regulation and economics of institutions and development,
currently focusing on the digital economy and platforms business. He is a distinguished authority
in the competition enforcement world for his advocacy efforts and other initiatives geared
towards developing and modernizing various competition regimes.
More details regarding the WDR 2021 is available on: https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/wewould-hear-you-launching-online-consultations-world-development-report-2021-data-better
For more information, contact:
Manager – Communications and External Relations
Competition Authority of Kenya
P.O. Box 36265-00200
Direct Line:+254 – 202779107