1.1. The 3rd Meeting of High-Level Representatives of Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities
in Paris and OECD Global Forum on Competition (GFC) hosted by the OECD between 4-6 December 2019 in Paris, France, with the goal in the development of trade competition policy and law covering the following issues:
1.2. Webinar on Competition Authorities’ Responses to COVID-19
on 21 April 2020, is hosted by Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) to discuss and exchange comments on the performance of trade competition regulators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Important issues are increasing strictness in trade competition law enforcement to combat price gouging of necessities during the pandemic, and temporary relaxation of trade competition law enforcement to encourage cooperation between private entities to ensure adequate distribution of necessities, along with cooperation in research and development of healthcare industries to combat the pandemic. Other issues include the impact of stimulus packages and state aids on trade competition to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on trade competition regulation and challenges of the trade competition regulators after the pandemic.
1.3. The 8th United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of restrictive Business Practices (UN Set) Combatting cross-border cartels, on 22 October 2020.
This meeting is aimed to exchange experience and good practices in international cooperation to regulate cross-border cartels. The Trade Competition Commission Chairperson has stated support initiatives in including combating cross-border cartels in priority areas in the operation of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy (IGE) for five years. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of the Russian Federation is the proponent of the initiative, which is joined by the TCCT as a co-sponsorship.
The TCCT Chairperson has likewise stated supported the establishment of the Working Group on Cross-border Cartels under the UNCTAD meeting to exchange knowledge, experience, and good practices on trade competition in an issue of Cross-border Cartels. The TCCT has participated in the working group’s first webinar on 4 February 2021.
1.4. 2020 Global Forum on Competition
hosted by the OECD between 7 and 10 December 2020. The meeting exchanges knowledge, ideas, and good practices on trade competition in three issues: lawful market dominance in the digital market, economic analysis for merger case investigation, and application of market studies to regulate trade competition.
1.5. The 25th AEGC Meeting
between 20 – 22 October 2020 has the following results:
1.6. ASEAN Competition Enforcers Network (ACEN) meeting
to comment on the Study on Recommended Procedures for Cooperation on Cross-Border Competition Cases between 7-8 October 2020. Details are as follows: