This publication covers various, often contradictory views expressed by participants and experts at the Regional Seminar for Latin America and Caribbean Countries on the Post-Doha WTO Competition Issues, which was held in São Paulo from 21 to 23 March 2003.
The seminar as part of a second round of regional post-Doha conferences that took place during the first semester of 2003 to take stock of the progress achieved in this field since 2002. It was organized around five main themes: (1) the role of competition in promoting trade, competitiveness and development; (2) developments in bilateral and plurilateral (regional) agreements on competition in the Latin American and Caribbean region; (3) stocktaking and exchange of views on the ongoing discussions at WTO on a possible multilateral framework on competition; (4) reflections on the options and implications of a possible multilateral framework on competition for developing countries; and (5) "the way ahead".
It is hoped that the information will further clarify the issues to be discussed at the Fifth Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference
in Cancún on 10-14 September 2003, and assist developing countries in better evaluating the implications for their development of closer multilateral cooperation in the field of competition law and policy.