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Pharmaceuticals are special products due to special characteristics in supply and demand. Their distribution is heavily regulated to ensure that drugs are accessible, affordable, and safely consumed. Competition can and should play a role in ensuring that the pharmaceuticals distribution market works well for consumers. The 2014 Global Forum on Competition addressed competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals.
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In the last twenty years a number of developed and developing countries around the world have used public-private partnerships in a variety of sectors, ranging from transport and utility infrastructures (e.g. bridges, roads), to social infrastructures (e.g. schools, hospitals and prisons). Competition delegates took part in a Hearing in June 2014 to examine the major benefits and drawbacks of public-private partnerships. Read more...
The Romanian government and the OECD are working together to assess the costs and benefits of regulations restricting competition in the food processing, transport and construction sectors and to propose specific recommendations for change.
Governments everywhere are increasingly interested in assessing the effects of their policies and the effectiveness of public institutions. Competition policy is no exception. Competition agencies affect the economy by taking decisions on cases under competition law. With their governments, they can influence market competition in the economy more widely through policy interventions.
View the list of future key competition activities fostered by the OECD Competition Committee, its working parties, international forums and regional centres for competition.
Globalisation has brought a much more international dimension to competition law. This paper presents evidence of the complexity of co-operation between competition agencies and the likely challenges they will encounter in the future to enforce competition law and co-operate effectively.
Globalisation, the increasing significance of emerging economies, the borderless nature of the growing digital economy, and the proliferation of competition regimes have caused a significant increase in the complexity of cross-border competition law enforcement co-operation. The OECD and its Competition Committee take a leading role in shaping the framework for international co-operation among competition enforcement agencies.
The OECD works on advancing consumer finance protection through informed choice that includes disclosure, transparency and education; protection from fraud, abuse and errors; and, recourse and advocacy.
Access reviews on competition law and policy in Latin American countries conducted by the IDB and the OECD. Countries covered are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru.