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Training Course on the Formulation of a Competition law and Policy
 
OBJECTIVES:
To increase the awareness of participants as to the benefits of competition law and policy, as well as the impact of competition policy on the economy.

TARGET POPULATIONS:
  • Ministers, secretaries of state, their cabinet directors and government officials in charge of competition law enforcement and policy implementation
  • Judges from supreme courts, parliamentarians, high-level jurisconsults (university deans, barristers), as well as magistrates/judges of jurisdictions possibly subject to litigation/disputes
  • Representatives of the private sector in countries where it is influential, and representatives of employers' associations, trade unions and chambers of commerce

DURATION:
  • Two days

CONTENT:
The course covers:
  • Objectives and benefits of competition law
  • Description of restrictive business practices such as agreements and concerted action between firms to limit competition, abuse of market power and mergers and acquisitions likely to lessen competition
  • Evaluation of mergers and acquisitions: authorizations, notifications and exemptions, the relationship between competition policy and the protection of intellectual property rights
  • The impact of competition policy on the small business sector
  • The institutional framework for the administration and enforcement of competition law: the structure of competition authorities and the respective roles of the Government and the judicial system
  • Sanctions and remedies for anti-competitive practices
  • Regulation of public utility sectors and the role of competition policy

ACTIVITIES FOLLOWING THE SEMINAR:
  • Brainstorming on current practices that need to be reformed or modified. Determination of the instruments and means required (budget, personnel) and listing of people and bodies to consult
  • Development of new or adaptation of existing national competition law and complementary regulation
  • Establishment of a competition authority or transformation of existing related institutions in charge of competition law and policy
  • Training of experts on competition law and policy
  • Promotion of international cooperation with international organizations and authorities in charge of competition law and policy in other countries

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