Competitive markets

New trends in global competition policy under spotlight at Pre-ICN Forum

  • 9 May 2017

Hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the World Bank Group have joined forces for the first time to co-host a major forum looking at new trends in global competition policy which gets underway today in the Portuguese city Porto.

The conference takes place on the eve of the 16th International Competition Network’s (ICN) conference, the world’s largest event of its kind bringing together competition agencies and non-governmental advisors from around the world for face-to-face experience sharing and discussion on a range of topics of mutual interest.

With a focus on emerging markets and trends the Pre-ICN Forum represents a major opportunity for business and agency antitrust experts to keep pace with developments shaping the international competition landscape and a chance for young competition agencies to bring their innovative ideas to the table.

Topics slated for discussion include how to elevate competition policies in economic policy agendas and competition efficiencies in global markets. Issues relating to competition enforcement trends and challenges and Compliance 2.0 will be discussed during two ICC-led panels.

“Antitrust compliance goes beyond codes and rule-making. Today, it’s also about creating and sustaining a strong corporate compliance culture,” said Caroline Inthavisay , who leads ICC’s work on Competition policy.

Featuring keynote addresses by Johannes Laitenberger, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition; Andreas Mundt, ICN Chairman and President Bundeskartellamt; and Ana L. Revenga, Deputy Chief Economist at The World Bank Group, the Forum provides a rare opportunity for balanced insight into the perspective of both competition agencies and the private sector. It offers business representatives a rare opportunity to contribute to open discussions with competition agencies from around the world on the competition issues that affect them most.

To further enhance this business-agency dialogue, the ICC Commission on Competition will also discuss the commission’s latest publications in antitrust compliance for trade associations and due process best practices with agencies and seek their input before issue. This new approach aims to ensure the papers benefit from agency experience and perspectives.