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.
Eighteen participants attended the sessions on international competition law and compliance from 30 June to 11 July 2014. The workshop was organized in the context of the WAEMU - UNCTAD project on competition and was delivered by the School of Management and Law of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Judge Joaquín García Bernaldo de Quirós, former Head of the Spanish Competition Authority and Pierre Horna, Officer-in-charge of COMPAL-UNCTAD facilitated the first national workshop for Peru's Supreme Court judges in early June.
Pierre Horna, Officer-in-charge of COMPAL-UNCTAD met with Mr. Amaury Martins de Oliva and Mrs. Ana Candida Muniz Cipriano (SENACOM), to discuss cooperation between UNCTAD and SENACOM on consumer protection issues in Brazil and Latin America.
Pierre Horna, Officer-in-charge of COMPAL-UNCTAD and Fernando Furlan, GAE member of COMPAL II met with Mr. Marcio Lopes Correa and Cecilia Malaguti do Prado to discuss future issues of cooperation between UNCTAD and Brazil.
UNCTAD and the national competition authority of Costa Rica (COPROCOM) launched new guidelines on merger analysis in accordance to the new competition law adopted in 2012. The event had more than 100 representatives from the private sector, sectoral regulators and the like.