Competition Law and Consumer Protection Policy

The objective of UNCTAD's work on competition and consumer policies is to ensure that partner countries enjoy the benefits of increased competition, open and contestable markets, private sector investment in key sectors and ultimately that consumers achieve improved welfare.

The Competition and Consumer Policies Programme services the Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy and the Ad-hoc Expert Group meeting on Consumer protection policies annually, undertakes competition policy peer reviews, publishes the UNCTAD Model law on competition and the Handbook on competition legislation and implements sector specific and economy-wide competition and consumer policies reforms that create a level playing field amongst companies and consumers, increasing the effectiveness of antitrust and consumer protection policies.

The highest intergovernmental body is the United Nations review Conferences to Review the Set on Competition policy which is held every five years.

The Research Partnership Platform work stream are circulated and feed into to the IGE and inform their discussions.

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 Events and Meetings



13 September 2016UNCTAD helps protect consumers in the era of Airbnb
17 July 201670 years of work on Competition Law and Policy in the United Nations (1946-2016)
04 April 2016Member States decide upon UNCTAD's COMPAL III technical cooperation activities for 2016-2017
28 December 2015Maximizing consumer welfare in Latin America
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23 December 2015UNCTAD receives a new consumer protection mandate from the General Assembly
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