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forum AGENDA

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. To provide a platform for an open discussion of the theory and practice of competition law and policy from a developing country perspective, the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will launch the 2018 Manila Forum on Competition in Developing Countries. The Manila Forum will be an opportunity for young competition authorities 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.

 

Structured around a series of plenary and panel discussions, the Manila Forum will feature eminent competition and development experts, prominent business leaders, high-level government officials, including competition experts from multilateral development agencies, professional societies, and academic institutions.

pre-forum activities (jAN. 30-31)

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.

ACTIVITY
resource person/s
partner institution/s

Competition Law and Policy Seminar for the Law and Economics Faculty and Researchers

(9:00 - 1:00PM)

Joshua Wright

James Roumasset

Michael Schaper

University of the Philippines Diliman

College of Law

Informal ASEAN Heads of Competition Agencies Meeting

(9:00 - 12:00NN)

Competition Agency Heads

of ASEAN Member States

Teresa Moreira

Sita Zimpel

Lai Peng Yap

GIZ & ASEAN Secretariat

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.

DAY 1 (FEB. 1)

8:00 - 9:00

Registration

9:00 - 9:20

Opening Ceremony

National Anthem

Welcome Remarks by Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan, Philippine Competition Commission

9:20 - 9:40

Keynote Address by Sec. Carlos Dominguez III, Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines

9:40 - 11:00

Session 1: Competition in Development: Special Considerations for Developing Countries?

Competition policy does not have a one-size-fits-all configuration. Economies in different stages of development may warrant a nuanced approach to competition policy. What are the market attributes to consider and how will they affect the effectiveness of competition policy?

Speaker: Yasuyuki Sawada, Asian Development Bank

Moderator: James Roumasset, University of Hawaii Manoa

Panel:

  1. Yasuyuki Sawada, Asian Development Bank

  2. Michael Schaper, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

  3. Graciella Miralles Murciego, The World Bank Group

  4. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:40

Session 2: Competition Policy and the Quality of Institutions

A common difference between developed and developing countries is the quality of their institutions. Competition law and policy is also a relatively new concept to judiciaries and legislators in developing countries. How should competition policy be approached in light of institutional realities faced by developing countries?

Speaker: Frederic Jenny, OECD Competition Committee

Moderator: Ronald Mendoza, Ateneo School of Government

Panel:

  1. Frederic Jenny, OECD Competition Committee

  2. Raul Fabella, National Academy of Science and Technology

  3. Alberto Fenix Jr., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  4. Johannes Bernabe, Philippine Competition Commission

12:40 - 14:00

Luncheon

14:00 15:20

Session 3: Competition Agency Effectiveness in Developing Countries

Many developing economies have recently established their own competition agencies. How can developing countries maximize benefits from competition policy amid institutional constraints? How can gaps be filled in through international cooperation?

Speaker: Joshua Wright, Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University

Moderator:  Amabelle C. Asuncion, Philippine Competition Commission

Panel:

  1. Joshua Wright, Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University

  2. Nawir Messi, Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition, Indonesia

  3. Lai Peng Yap, ASEAN Secretariat

  4. Kelly Bird, Asian Development Bank

15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:30

Session 4. Competition Policy and Public Interest Considerations

Competition policy may not always be aligned with a wide range of public interest considerations―for example, protection of SMEs and domestic firms, and stability of the financial system especially during crisis periods. However, these considerations complicate competition enforcement and introduce unpredictability which can be costly to businesses.

Speaker: Arsenio M. Balisacan, Philippine Competition Commission

Moderator: Allan Fels, University of Melbourne

Panel:

  1. Arsenio M. Balisacan, Philippine Competition Commission

  2. James Roumasset, University of Hawaii

  3. Raphael Lotilla, Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation, Inc.

  4. Senen Bacani, Ultrex Management and Investments Corp.

Personal Time

18:30 - 21:00

Welcome Dinner

day 2 (feb. 2)

8:00 - 9:00

Registration

9:00 - 10:20

Session 5. Conglomerates and Competition Policy

Large ownership interests in major publicly listed have potential anti-competitive effects. However, the impact of ownership on competition is conditional on the structure of the market, and other factors. This warrants a nuanced view of conglomerate firms from a competition lens.

Speaker: Kim Sang-jo, Korea Fair Trade Commission

Moderator: Gilbert Llanto, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Panel:

  1. Kim Sang-jo, Korea Fair Trade Commission

  2. Tony Fernandes, Tune Group Sendirian Berhad 

  3. Graciella Miralles Murciego, The World Bank Group

  4. Hiroyuki Odagiri, Japan Fair Trade Commission

10:20 - 10:40

Coffee Break

10:40 - 12:00

Session 6. SMEs and Competition Policy

Linking SME strategy with competition policy allows micro, small and medium enterprises to greatly benefit from market competition. Understanding the interdependence between big incumbent companies, and smaller players is important to advance private sector growth.

Speaker: Michael Schaper, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Moderator: Stella Luz A. Quimbo, Philippine Competition Commission

Panel:

  1. Michael Schaper, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

  2. Joey Concepcion III, RFM Corp. & Go Negosyo, Philippines

  3. Brent Snyder, Competition Commission of Hong Kong

  4. Erlinda Medalla, Philippine Institute of Development Studies

12:00 - 13:30

Luncheon

13:30 - 15:00

Session 7. Disruptive Innovations and Competition Policy

Rapid technological innovation facilitated the emergence of new business models which fundamentally changed the way firms compete. What are the implications for competition policy and law in developing countries where typically such business models are at the nascent stage? How can competition authorities in developing countries best promote innovation through competition policy?

Speaker: Allan Fels, University of Melbourne

Moderator:  Johannes R. Bernabe, Philippine Competition Commission

Panel:

  1. Allan Fels, University of Melbourne

  2. Toh Han Li, Competition Commission of Singapore

  3. Teresa Moreira, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

  4. Francisco Sandejas, Narra Venture Capital

15:00 - 15:30

Closing ceremonies

Workshop on Competition and

Public Procurement

(9:00am-1:00pm)

Graciella Miralles Murciego

The World Bank Group