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Fifth United Nations Conference to Review all Aspect of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices
13 - 18 November 2005
Antalya (Turkey)

Key Issues

Fifth UN Conference on Competition Policy, Belek, (Antalya), Turkey, 14-18 November 2005 The "Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices", which was unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 35/63 (December 1980), is so far the only fully multilateral code in existence on competition law and policy. UNCTAD, in application of its mandate in the Set, holds the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy (IGE on CLP) annually and organizes a Review Conference at Ministerial level every five years. This year, the Government of Turkey has kindly invited UNCTAD to hold the Fifth Review Conference in Antalya in the south of Turkey.

The Fifth Review Conference, which replaces the IGE on CLP for this year, is open to all member States of UNCTAD, as well as selected civil society and private sector representatives. Country delegations will be invited to be headed by Ministers and to include the heads of their competition authorities.

The Fifth Review Conference will, inter alia, assess the application and implementation of the UN Set on competition in its 25 years of existence, and discuss proposals for its improvement. As decided by the IGE on CLP at its November 2004 session in its agreed conclusions, the Fifth Review Conference will take up the following issues for better implementation of the Set:

  1. An ad hoc voluntary peer review, to be held during the Conference;
  2. Techniques for gathering evidence on cartels;
  3. The role of economic analysis on competition law and policy enforcement;
  4. The role of the judiciary in competition law enforcement;
  5. Application of competition law and policy to the informal sector; and
  6. How to operationalize special and differential treatment for developing countries in competition law and policy.

As has become customary, the Fifth Review Conference is expected to adopt a comprehensive resolution, expressing consensus views on the UN Set and competition law and policy in general and giving guidance to the UNCTAD secretariat as to its activities in this field in the five years ahead.


Agenda

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(TD/RBP/CONF.6/2 ) - 18/05/2005 - 5 Pages - 478 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.6/PROG.1) - 14/11/2005 - 6 Pages - 108 KB
(TD/RBP/CONF.6/PROG.2) - 15/11/2005 - 6 Pages - 95 KB
(TD/RBP/CONF.6/PROG.3) - 16/11/2005 - 6 Pages - 94 KB
(TD/RBP/CONF.6/PROG.4) - 17/11/2005 - 6 Pages - 93 KB
(TD/RBP/CONF.6/PROG.5) - 18/11/2005 - 4 Pages - 85 KB
(TD/RBP/CONF.6/INF.1) - 02/12/2005 - 15 Pages - 147 KB
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(TD/RBP/CONF.3/2/Rev.1) - 26/07/2005 - 13 Pages - 147 KB
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Notification

At the invitation of the Government of Turkey, the Fifth United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices will be held from 14 to 18 November 2005 at the Gloria Golf Resort Hotel in Belek, Antalya (Turkey).

This ministerial meeting will be opened by the Prime Minister of Turkey and provide an opportunity for ministers and heads of competition authorities of member States of UNCTAD to discuss the role of competition law and policy in ensuring that anti-competitive practices do not impede or negate the realization of the benefits that should arise from liberalization in globalized markets (São Paulo Consensus (TD/410), para. 95). In this connection, the Conference will assess the experience gained so far in the implementation of the UN Set, in line with the Millenium Development Goals, and make recommendations for possible areas of improvement and effective implementation.

The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/RBP/CONF.6/1. In line with the agreed conclusions adopted at its sixth session in November 2004 by the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, which acted as the preparatory body for the Fifth Review Conference (TD/B/COM.2/CLP/48), the Conference will allow high-level discussions on the role of competition policy for development and provide an opportunity to enhance international cooperation in this area. It will also be the occasion to conduct voluntary peer reviews of competition law and policy of Jamaica and Kenya. In addition, the Conference will hold high-level discussions on the following issues:

  1. Techniques for gathering evidence on cartels;
  2. The role of economic analysis in competition law enforcement;
  3. The role of the judiciary in competition law enforcement;
  4. Application of competition law and policy to the informal sector; and
  5. How to operationalize special and differential treatment for developing countries in competition law and policy.

In accordance with past practice, the Conference is expected to provide guidance to UNCTAD on its future work programme in this area, including technical assistance and capacity building for developing countries and LDCs, as well as economies in transition.

States wishing to attend the Conference are requested to submit to the UNCTAD secretariat by 31 October 2005 the credentials of their representatives and advisers. The specialized and related agencies, as well as interested organs of the United Nations and intergovernmental and directly concerned non-governmental organizations in consultative status with UNCTAD that wish to participate in the Conference as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by the same date of the names of their representatives.

To expedite the process of registration and issuance of security badges, copies of the letter of credentials of representatives and the registration form for each participant should be faxed to the UNCTAD secretariat at the address below as early as possible and before 31 October 2005.

It is important to note that only registration forms corresponding to letters of credentials will be processed. The original of the letter of credentials should be presented upon registration at the Conference in Antalya.

UNCTAD secretariat
Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service
Accreditation and Registration
Office E-3061
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10

F.: +41 22 917 00 56 or
E.: correspondence@unctad.org

All other enquiries should be addressed to:
Mr. Hassan Qaqaya (hassan.qaqaya@unctad.org) or
Mr. Pascal Garde (pascal.garde@unctad.org).

(signed)

Carlos Fortin
Officer-in-Charge of UNCTAD
20 July 2005

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