Comparative Study of Sectoral Regulation in Select Developing Countries

South Africa

Summary of Research Work:

The research seeks to study the regulatory process in developing countries in Asia (India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia) and Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Zambia) to come out with lessons (good and bad) for sectoral regulation. It provides an opportunity for establishing benchmarks relevant for developing countries in sectoral regulation.

The countries selected for the research study have undergone (are undergoing) transition from a regime characterised by public sector dominance in different segments of the economy to one marked by privatisation and liberalisation with a view to moving towards a competitive environment. This process has been accompanied by the setting up of sectoral regulatory bodies in certain sectors, while others continue to be regulated by government.

The research will study governments’ policy towards sectoral regulation, identify sectors where regulatory functions are performed either by the Government or a specialised agency (henceforth, sectoral regulatory body) and reasons thereof, analyse how the transition from a regime characterised by dominance of public sector to one marked by privatisation is being/has been managed, analyse the regulatory framework with regard to institutional and governance aspects, such as regulatory objectives, mandate, independence, accountability, interface with other agencies, decision making process, capacity, selection and staffing.

  • Individual country papers on sectoral regulation
  • Synthesis paper: comparative analysis of sectoral regulation in seven countries
  • Duration

  • Project implemented during 2005-06

Implementing Organisation:

CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment and Economic Regulation
Ph: +91-141-228 2821
Fx: +91-141-228 2733, 228 2485

CUTS C-CIER is a Centre of CUTS International, an international civil society organisation (, working over the last two decades on international trade, competition, and consumer protection issues in various parts of the developing world with an emphasis on activities in Asia and Africa.