Considering the important role of research and policy analysis in the development of appropriate policies and legislation responding to the challenges faced in the area of competition law and policy, and consumer protection, UNCTAD created the Research Partnership Platform (RPP) in 2010. RPP is an initiative that aims at contributing to the development of best practices in the formulation and effective enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws and policies so as to promote development.
RPP brings together researchers from research institutions, universities, competition authorities and civil society, and provides a platform where they can undertake joint research and other activities, exchange ideas on the issues and challenges in the area of competition and consumer protection faced particularly by developing countries and economies in transition.
Since 2010, the members of the RPP, interested researchers and UNCTAD staff get together at the margins of the annual session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, and exchange views on ongoing projects and discuss new research proposals.
Currently we have eight active projects being carried out under the auspices of the RPP. During this year’s RPP meeting, we will discuss the developments within these projects and take the opportunity to hear new research project proposals.
During this year’s Seventh United Nations Review Conference, for the first time the RPP will be presenting a number of lunchtime seminars on subjects that would be both informative and useful for the representatives of competition authorities, as well as academics.
Please note that this meeting and associated side events are conducted in English without interpretation.