The OECD/Korea Policy Centre (Competition Programme) is a joint venture between the Korean government and the OECD. Opened in May 2004, the Centre works with competition authorities in the Asia-Pacific region to develop and implement effective competition law and policy. The Centre provides a hub for competition officials from Asia-Pacific countries to meet regularly to exchange experiences and deepen their capacities in competition law and policy through workshops, seminars and other events. A workshop where judges may share experiences in the competition law field and benefit from discussions with world class experts from several jurisdictions is organised once a year. The Centre also works to strengthen competition law and policy in Korea and the KFTC itself.
Topics of discussion
Capacity building is achieved through practical hands on training involving computer simulations, document analysis, and case studies. Participants learn up-to-date enforcement practices and the modern economic thinking that lies behind a variety of antitrust enforcement concerns. Recent and upcoming activities have focused on antitrust market definition and competitive effects analysis, anti-cartel enforcement practices, vertical integration, exclusive dealing, tying, bundling, other miscellaneous vertical practices, price discrimination, obtaining and analysing economic evidence that can support or refute the authority's antitrust concern, legal reform, guidelines, and the practices and procedures of an authority.
The following economies are frequent participants in the Centre's activities: Cambodia, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. Fiji, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka have also participated in past activities.
This newsletter includes brief reports on the centre's work as well as on meetings held by the OECD in Paris. It is also an opportunity for participating economies from the Asia-Pacific region to exchange their latest experiences on competition law and policy issues.
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Summary of activities
A detailed summary of the discussions and other activities held during the various events organised by the centre can be found in the centre's annual reports:
» View the 2013 annual report
» View the list of all past events and annual reports
A sector focused event on the Retail Sector will take place in Busan (South Korea) on 3-5 December 2014. Discussion topics will include: defining markets, vertical restraints in retail markets and merger cases. View the agenda
Practical aspects of effective merger control will be discussed at this event scheduled to take place in Jeju (South Korea), on 24-26 March 2015. Discussion topics will include: Case shaping, Development of theories of harm (unilateral and coordinated effects), Investigations and collecting evidence, Basic economic tools and instruments.
Full 2015 calendar available here