Competition Law and Consumer Protection Policy

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 Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy 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.

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 Events and Meetings

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29-31 Jul 2019Participation of UNCTAD at brainstorming meetings regarding the implementation of ASEAN peer reviews and Workshop on International CooperationManilaPhilippines
10 Jul 2019Tenth Meeting of the UNCTAD Research Partnership PlatformGenevaSwitzerland
10-12 Jul 2019Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, eighteenth sessionGenevaSwitzerland
08-09 Jul 2019Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy, fourth sessionGenevaSwitzerland
19-22 Jun 2019Atelier regional de vulgarisation de la reglementation communautaire revisee sur la concurrence et la protection des consommateurs au sein de la CEMAC et Comite de pilotage du projet de renforcement de la concurrence et de la protection des consommateurs DoualaCameroon
18-19 Jun 2019Participation of UNCTAD at an International Competition Seminar Organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission MoscowRussian Federation
24 May 2019Participation of UNCTAD at the” Antitrust in Asia: ASEAN, China, Hong Kong, India… Conference” Hong KongChina
20-23 May 2019Dissemination Events on Botswana Competition Policy Peer Review ReportGaboroneBotswana
14-17 May 2019International Competition Network (ICN) annual Conference Colombia 2019: presentation of UNCTAD's COMPAL IV program activity on Competition Compliance programs for Latin American countries in partnership with ZHAW - Zurich School of Management and LawCartagenaColombia
06-10 May 2019UNCTAD Competition Training for the Judiciary of Latin America in Peru; Merger control advocacy events in PeruLimaPeru
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Big Tech
18 July 2019Competition law crosses the digital threshold
SDG 12
11 July 2019Smart consumers can set a new course for people and planet
11 July 2019Partnership to deliver online dispute resolution to consumers
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15 May 2019Peru adopts merger control law after 20 years of debate
Consumers International
03 May 2019Summit puts consumers at the heart of digital innovation
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Manual on Consumer Protection (UNCTAD/DITC/CPLP/2017/1)
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Competition Glossary (UNCTAD/DITC/CLP/2016/4)
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 Documents and Reports

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