Seoul, 19-21 March 2014
2014 marks 10 years of collaboration between the OECD and the Korean Government in working to develop and implement effective competition law and policy in the Asia-Pacific region. The collaboration began in 2004 and has been operated under the auspices of the OECD/Korea Policy Centre Competition Programme since 2008.
During this time, the programme has delivered 56 workshops on competition law and policy for government officials and judges from across the region. Over 1,400 individuals have benefited from the Programme which is designed to share the expertise of OECD countries in the field of competition law and policy with economies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Programme both promotes the adoption of competition laws and helps new and existing competition authorities to build their enforcement capabilities.
To celebrate 10 years of collaboration, competition officials from across the Asia-Pacific region met in Seoul on 19 March 2014. Professor Frédéric Jenny, Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee and Mr. Dae Rae Noh, Chairman of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), delivered keynote speeches. Discussions focused on ways to optimise technical assistance programmes to develop competition authorities and enhance international co-operation.
Delegates also discussed international co-operation in cross-border competition cases. This is a topic of increasing importance as both the number of competition authorities around the world and the number of cross-border competition cases continue to grow.