Since 1990, the OECD has been working with competition authorities in every region of the world. Capacity building activities include: case studies, seminars, cartel prosecution, bid rigging & public procurement, merger analysis, abuse of dominance, legislative drafting, studies in sector specific regulation, judicial training, and high-level policy briefings on topics such as reducing unnecessary restraints on competition in laws and regulations.
Competition Regional Centres
Two regional centres for competition have been set up to manage capacity building activities in the Asian region and in the Central, East and South-East European region.
The Seoul centre, in partnership with the Korean government, opened in spring 2004. The second regional centre, in partnership with the Hungarian competition authority, opened in Budapest in February 2005.
» More on the OECD-Korea Policy Centre, Competition Programme
» More on the OECD-GVH Regional Centre for Competition in Budapest
OECD work on Competition is also disseminated worldwide through two annual Forums.
The Global Forum on Competition, launched in 2001, brings together high-level competition officials from around the world for substantive roundtable discussions and peer reviews. It is is intended to strengthen the international policy dialogue by debating issues which are truly global. For more information, visit the Global Forum on Competition website.
The Latin American Competition Forum promotes dialogue, consensus building and networking amongst senior officials of Latin American competition institutions. It was launched in 2003 as the result of a partnership between the OECD and the Inter-american Development bank to foster effective competition law and policy in Latin America. Experts from some OECD countries and international organisations also attend to provide additional perspectives and experience. For more information, visit the Latin American Competition Forum website.
Other capacity building activities
Competition judges also benefit from capacity building work with the competition division. Since 1996, seminars for national judges have been held in Russia, Southern Africa and Brazil. Since 2005, in co-operation with the European Commission and the Hungarian competition authority, the OECD supports meetings of European Competition Law judges.
Partnerships with regional development banks provide key support to the capacity building programme. A partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank dating back to 2003 supports the Latin American Competition Forum. A more recent partnership with the Asian Development Bank supports an expanded programme of support for the People's Republic of China. Vital financial support to the capacity building programme is supplied by the European Commission, Hungary, Korea and Chinese Taipei.
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