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Date 27 and 28 September 2022    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      

The Latin American and Caribbean Competition Forum brings together high-level competition officials each year to promote dialogue, consensus building and networking among policy makers and enforcers in the region. The 2022 Forum will be hosted by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will take into account the COVID-19 situation. All related documentation will become available on this page. 

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Session 1. Strengthening incentives for leniency agreements

Leniency programmes have played an important role in cartel enforcement in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, complementing ex officio investigations efforts. By 2020, at least 12 countries in the region have adopted a leniency programme, i.e. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay demonstrating a generalized  consensus about the usefulness of this enforcement tool.

This LACCF session will discuss the recent trend related to the decrease of leniency applications, its causes and ways to address this issue by strengthening the incentives for leniency policy.

All related documentation will become available on this page.

Background documentation

Call for contributions 

 
Suggested bibliography and related links

 

See also:

Competition Law and Policy in Latin America

 

 

Best Pratices Roundtables on Competition Policy

OECD Competition
 

 

 

Session 2. Market Definition in the Gas Sector

Oil and natural gas are major energy sources in the world and play a key role in the global economy including in Latin America and the Caribbean. They represent together around 67% of the world’s total final consumption by energy source, followed by electricity related sources (i.e. hydroelectric, nuclear plants), biofuels, and coal. The figure is similar in Central and South America, where they represent together around 60% of total consumption by energy source. When considered the total supply of energy, they also represent a significant share and reach almost 90% of total energy supply in certain Latin American countries such as Mexico (IEA, 2021).

This session will focus mainly on competition enforcement of market definition issues in the downstream segment of the oil and gas industries. Both product and geographic dimensions will be addressed as they play an important role in the assessment of market power and consequently the competition analysis in concrete cases. This may include updates in methodologies to improve the definition of relevant markets, the interplay between products that have some degree of substitutability but are usually defined as separate relevant markets, tying and bundling strategies, vertical integration matters, and the general legal requirement to define relevant markets in enforcement cases. The session intends to cover the legal, economic, and practical dimensions of market definition in the gas sector.

All related documentation will become available on this page.

Background documentation

Call for contributions 

 

Suggested bibliography and related links (Full bibliography available in the call for contributions)

 

See also:

Competition Law and Policy in Latin America

 

 

Best Practices Roundtables on Competition Policy

OECD Competition
 

 

Session 3. Media Mergers

The media industry is very broad and includes several services. The media sector incorporates both the production of content, such as news, entertainment, education and research, as well as its distribution through the means of mass communication. Mass media includes the press, television and radio broadcasting, film producing, video streaming, video games, online publishing, social media and podcasting, among others.

As it has been witnessed, the media industry is constantly evolving, driven recently by the digital economy, new and disruptive digitization technologies, the emergence of global and local market participants, and new distribution channels, propelled by technological convergence or evolution, all of which have had impacts in media value chain dynamics.

This session will focus on the assessment of media mergers considering the new configuration of the media industry driven by the technological evolution and changes in consumer behaviour, as well as the growing importance of online services and large tech companies. In particular, the session will consider the role played by the digital platforms and the OTT content distributors in the media industry, and their competition implications.

All related documentation will become available on this page.

 

Background documentation

Call for contributions

 

Suggested bibliography (Full bibliography available in the call for contributions)

 

 

 

See also: 

Competition Law and Policy in Latin America

 

Full list of OECD Competition Policy Roundtables


OECD Competition

Other meetings of the week 

27 September 2022 (morning): National Competition Day of Brazil

29 September 2022 (morning): Ibero-American Forum on Competition 

29 September 2022 (afternoon): Meeting of the Regional Competition Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (RCC)

    

This conference is a paper-smart event organised in line with OECD greening policies.
Only copies of the programme will be available in the meeting room.