The 9th OECD Global Forum on Competition was held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 18-19 February 2010. It focused on competition, state aids and subsidies, as well as on collusion and corruption in public procurement. Participants also discussed a peer review of competition law and policy in Brazil. The new EU Commissioner for Competition, Mr. Joaquín Almunia, made a keynote speech on competition policy, state aids and subsidies at the opening session. Visit the forum webpage for more information.
The GFC program brings together high-level competition officials from around the world on a regular basis. Close to 90 competition Authorities from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australasia and the Americas currently participate in the Forum.
The GFC provides an opportunity for policy dialogue between OECD member countries and non-members. The discussion benefits from the input of the Competition Committee whose work has already generated substantial results in many countries, such as the voluntary adoption of ‘best practices’, substantial analytical convergence, the establishment of strong networks of enforcement authorities, and enhanced co-operation in international merger reviews, cartel investigations and other cases. The GFC provides a venue in which these important issues can be debated with competition authorities and other representatives of the developing world. At the same time, given its broad focus on development, the GFC promotes a wider dialogue that encompasses the linkages between competition policy and other cornerstones of economic development.
Like other OECD activities, the Forum is inter-governmental, but regional organisations like COMESA or WAEMU and other international organisations such as the World Bank, UNCTAD, and the WTO also participate. Through the Business and Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) and Consumers International, representatives of the business community and consumers also have an input and are invited to selected discussions.