[Dates are provisional only, pending confirmation by Member States]
The Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy is a standing body established under the United Nations Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (UN Set) to monitor the application and implementation of the Set.
The UN Set is a multilateral agreement on competition policy, which was negotiated and adopted by General Assembly resolution 35/63 on 5 December 1980.
- Provides a framework for international operation and exchange of best practices
- Recognizes the development dimension of competition law and policy
- Provides for equitable rules for the control of anti-competitive practices
The Fourteenth Intergovernmental Group of Experts will focus on the following topics:
Benefit of competition policy for consumers
Informal cooperation among competition agencies in specific cases
Communication strategies of competition authorities as a tool for agency effectiveness
Voluntary Peer Reviews of Competition Law and Policy of Namibia, Philippines and Seychelles
Review of Capacity Building activities: UNCTAD's online data bank on competition cases
In addition, preceding the IGE will be the Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the role of Competition Law and Policy in Fostering Sustainable Development.
This meeting will be hosted by UNCTAD with a number of other organizations invited to make contributions, including: WIPO presentation on the protection of intellectual and industrial property rights and development, WTO presentation on trade and competition, and OECD will report on the Global Forum on Competition. The contribution of the UNCTAD secretariat will focus on extractive industries.
The IGE will be followed by the 5th Meeting of the UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform on Friday 11 July 2014. Since there are limited number of places for the RPP meeting, delegates or observers who wish to take part in this event are kindly requested to inform Graham Mott by 6 June 2013, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 00 41 22 917 45 73.
In order to facilitate the deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and best practices on the topics to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat by Friday, 21 June 2013, to allow participants to prepare themselves for the consultations.
Information for participants
Participants at the meeting need bring copiers of their registration forms in order to collect their badge at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate (opposite the Red Cross Building) before the meeting.
The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are strongly advised to arrive before 8.30 a.m. Participants are requested to carry a passport or a national identity card with them.
Substantive and other inquiries should be addressed to the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, fax: + 41(0) 22 9170247; e-mail: email@example.com.
For information regarding hotels and accommodation for the meeting, please see: http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/