Theory and Practice of Competition Policy in Developing Countries

The Forum

Structured around a series of plenary and panel discussions, the 2018 Manila Forum on Competition in Developing Countries will feature eminent competition and development experts, prominent business leaders, high-level government officials, including competition experts from multilateral development agencies, think tanks, professional societies, and academic institutions. The forum will also include pre-forum activities with key stakeholders in the Philippines as part of the ongoing advocacy of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) in fostering a culture of competition in the Philippines.


Through the 2018 Manila Forum, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) provides a platform for an open discussion of the theory and practice of competition law and policy from a developing country perspective. More than 300 competition law and economics experts and key stakeholders in the business community, government, academe, and multilateral development institutions are expected to participate.

Competition in Development: Special Considerations for Developing Countries?

Competition Policy and the Quality of Institutions

Competition Agency Effectiveness in Developing Countries

Competition Policy and Public Interest Considerations

Conglomerates and Competition Policy

SMEs and Competition Policy

Disruptive Innovations and Competition Policy

"Theory and Practice of Competition Policy in Developing Countries"

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speakers and moderators

Chairman of the Competition Committee
Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development

Frédéric Jenny

Chief Economist

Asian Development Bank

Yasuyuki Sawada

Professor of Economics
University of Hawaii

james roumasset

National Scientist
National Academy of
Science and Technology

raul fabella

Korea Fair Trade Commission

Kim Sang-jo

Chief Executive
Competition Commission
of Singapore

Toh han Li

Department of Finance
Republic of the Philippines

carlos dominguez III

Philippine Chamber of
Commerce and Industry

george barcelon



Pre-Forum Activities (jan. 31)

Pre-forum activities include seminars on competition issues in selected sectors tailored to a specific audience. Resource speakers will provide perspectives on various ongoing debates as well as insights regarding conceptual understanding, empirical findings, and implications relevant to the Philippines and other developing countries.

FORUM PROPER (feb. 1-2)

The two-day international forum provides competition authorities in developing regions an opportunity to meaningfully engage in the global discourse on competition law and policy (CLP) and to learn from the cross-cutting experiences of both developed and developing jurisdictions.


Interested participants may opt to avail recreational tours offered by local tourism offices and partner travel agencies.

institutional PARTNERS

The 2018 Manila Forum is brought to you by the Philippine Competition Commission, in partnership with:

Chairman | Philippine Competition Commission

Arsenio M. Balisacan, PHD

"Developing countries, such as the Philippines, face unique challenges in the design and enforcement of competition policy appropriate for their economic, institutional, and legal conditions. The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is pleased to organize the 2018 Manila Forum on Competition in Developing Countries. The inaugural event shall have the theme 'Theory and Practice of Competition Policy in Developing Countries'. ​


Coinciding with the founding anniversary of the PCC, the event will provide an opportunity for young competition agencies in Asia and the Pacific region to engage meaningfully in the global discourse on competition law and policy and to learn from the cross-cutting experiences of both developed and developing jurisdictions. ​


See you at the 2018 Manila Forum!"


The PCC is an independent quasi-judicial body mandated to implement the national competition policy and enforce Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act (PCA), which serves as the primary competition law in the Philippines for promoting and protecting competitive markets.

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