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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. 

Draft Agenda

Guidance for travelers to Brazil: Rules and recommendations related
to Covid-19

Forum insights

Conference Venue - Accommodation

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The LACCF meetings will take place in the Windsor Marapendi in Rio de Janeiro (Barra de Tijuca). Special rates and rooms are blocked for LACCF delegates until the 28 of July 2022, then subject to availibility. More details will be added soon in this page.

Windsor Marapendi
Avenida Lúcio Costa , 5400 - CEP 22630-012
Tel.: +55 (21) 2195-9900
Email: reservas.marapendi@windsorhoteis.com.br - special rates for the LACCF event can be requested at: grupomarapendi@windsorhoteis.com.br

Standard 1 person: R$389,00 (Approx. 71 Euros) + 10% service + 5% municipal service tax.
Standard Double: R$ 440,00 (Approx. 80,3 Euros) + 10% service + 5% municipal service tax.

Check In – 14h -- Check Out – 12h
Late Check Out – until 18h with a 50% charge on the daily rate and according to availability.

Novotel
Av. Lucio Costa, 5210 – Barra da Tijuca – RJ, 22630-012
Tel.: +55 (21) 3504-3000
Email: h8184-re@accor.com 

Hotel Laghetto Stilo Barra Rio
R. Marcelo Roberto, 65 – Barra da Tijuca – RJ, 22630-012
Tel.: +55 (21) 3509-9000
Email: contato@laghettohoteis.com.br

Riale Brisa Barra Hotel
Av. Lucio Costa, 5700 – Barra da Tijuca – RJ, 22620-172
Tel.: +55 (21) 3433-6600
Email: reservas.bb@rialehoteis.com.br

Guide for travelers coming to Brazil

  • Read the Guide with rules and recommendations related to the Covid-19 for delegates coming to Rio de Janeiro

Ground transportation airport/hotel/airport

Hotels in Rio de Janeiro can provide ground transportation from/to the airport. This fare has to be covered by each participant. It is recommended that each participant send its itinerary in advance to the hotel to make the required arrangements.

Air transportation

Rio de Janeiro has two main airports:

  • International Airport Tom Jobim (Galeão)

One of the main airports of Brazil, if has domestic and international flights of the main airline companies (Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air France, Alitalia, Amaszonas, American Airlines, Avianca, Azul, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Edelweiss, Emirates, Flybondi, Gol, Iberia, KLM, Latam, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Royal Air Maroc, Sky Airline, TAP and United Airlines). There are collective and individual transportation options from and to the airport: car rental, taxis and applications, bus and BRT (high mobility public transportation).

  • Airport Santos Dumont

Operates exclusively domestic flights of the airline companies Azul, Gol and Latam. It will be the main arrival airport for travellers coming from other international airports, such as the International Airport of São Paulo/Guarulhos (GRU).

Registration - Visa

Registration

Participation in Forum events is by invitation only and is open to senior officials of Latin American and Caribbean competition institutions, competition experts from OECD countries and international organisations. 

Documents

Valid passport with a minimum expiration date of six months is required.

Visa according to the purpose of the trip, if required.
*In the case of citizens of Mercosur States-Parties and Associated States, passport or identity documents will be accepted, as provided for in the Mercosur Decisions CMC No. 18/8 and No. 14/11. The parties of this agreement are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

Visa

Brazil adopts a policy of reciprocity regarding visas. This means that nationals of countries that require visas for Brazilian citizens will need a visa to travel to Brazil. Brazil has signed visa exemption agreements with about 90 countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the body of the Brazilian government responsible for granting visas, which occurs through the Embassies, General Consulates, Consulates and Vice consulates of Brazil abroad. Take note that the Brazilian visa will never be granted in Brazilian territory. Therefore, it is not possible to obtain your visa in airports, ports of entry or any other point of the Brazilian border. To find out if you need a visa to travel to Brazil, please check: https://www.gov.br/mre/pt-br/assuntos/portal-consular/vistos/informacoes-sobre-vistos-para-estrangeiros-viajarem-ao-brasil#voceprecisa

Medical information

Please find below some useful information on hospitals in Rio de Janeiro:

Major public hospitals

Address

Telephone

Miguel Couto

Rua Mário Ribeiro, 117 – Leblon/RJ

(21) 3111-3746

Souza Aguiar

Praça da República, 111 – Centro/RJ

(21) 3111-2811/2635

Lourenço Jorge

Av. Ayrton Senna, 2000 – Barra/RJ

(21) 3111-1127/1144

Carlos Chagas

Av. Gen. Osvaldo Cordeiro de Farias, 466 – Mal. Hermes/RJ

(21) 2332-1127/1144

Salgado Filho

Rua Arquias Cordeiro, 370 – Méier/RJ

(21) 3111-4100

Albert Schweitzer

Rua Nilópolis, 329 – Realengo/RJ

(21) 2333-4760/4781

Rocha Faria

Av. Cesário de Melo, 3215 – Campo Grande/RJ

(21) 2333-6792/6794

Bonsucesso

Av. Londres, 616 – Bonsucesso/RJ

(21) 3977-9550

Getúlio Vargas

Av. Lobo Júnior, 2293 – Penha/RJ

(21) 2334-7835

Hospital da Lagoa

Rua Jardim Botânico, 501 – Lagoa/RJ

(21) 3111-5259

General information on Brazil

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most famous Brazilian city abroad, especially due to tourism attractions. However, Rio de Janeiro goes far beyond that. The city was the seat of the colony, shelter of the Portuguese court and later the capital of Brazil from 1763 to 1960, which was essential for the development of the city and the country in several aspects.

Rio de Janeiro has approximately 6.7 million people and a strong economy, with emphasis on the industrial and services sector. Important Brazilian companies has its headquarters in the city, such as Petrobras and Companhia Vale do Rio Doce.

The second largest metropolis in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has everything that a high standard city may offer: many restaurants, theatre plays, cultural tours, good nightlife, shopping, green areas for leisure time, business opportunities and, of course, stunning beaches.

The most famous tourist attraction is Christ the Redeemer statue, which was included as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The statue is 30 meters high, besides 8 meters of pedestal. It is located at the top of the Corcovado mountain, with 710 meters high, in the middle of the largest urban forest in the world, the Floresta da Tijuca. It is an iconic place, opened in 1931, where it is possible to appreciate one of the most beautiful views of the city.
In addition, Pão de Açúcar is one of the most beautiful post-cards of Rio de Janeiro and offers a gorgeous view of the whole city as well. Inaugurated in 1912, the first Brazilian cable car connected the Praia Vermelha to the Morro da Urca. One year later, a second part was opened between Morro da Urca and Pão de Açúcar, which is 396 meters high.

At last, the beaches and natural landscapes are also reasons that make Rio de Janeiro such an attractive destination. Copacabana is one of the most emblematic beaches in Brazil, with the beautiful boardwalk in black and white Portuguese stones, forming a mosaic in waveform.

Climate Conditions in Rio de Janeiro

The city has a humid tropical climate. High temperatures are registered throughout the year.

The annual average temperature is 24°C. The lowest temperatures are from June to August (averages between 18°C and 25°C) and the highest temperatures are from December to March, during the summer, when it may reach 40°C.

In September its springtime, so the temperature is usually mild, ranging between 19°C to 25°C.

Time Zone

The time zone in Rio de Janeiro is UTC/GMT -3 hours.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Rio de Janeiro is 110V and the standard electrical socket is type N.

*It is important to bring a plug adaptor.

Exchange rate

The official currency in Brazil is the Real. Usually other currencies are not accepted.

The exchange rate has been changing a lot in the last days, so it is important to check the rate closer to the event. Actually, 1 US dollar is equivalent to 5.20 reais, and 1 euro is equivalent to 5.74 reais. 

Telephone communication

In Brazil, the main mobile companies are TIM, VIVO, CLARO and OI.

  • To make a call to Rio de Janeiro, just dial the intended number
  • To make a call to another city or state within Brazil, dial 0 + operator code + city code (e.g. 11, for São Paulo) + the intended number
  • To make a call to another country dial 00 + operator code + country code (e.g. 1, for the USA) + the area code (e.g. 212, for New York) + the intended number

Tips

Generally, Tipping is not compulsory and also not expected from the local people. Service charges (around 10 %) are added to hotel or restaurant bills at the end.

Suggested Clothing

It is indispensable to carry:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Clothing appropriate to tropical climate

Vaccination

The proof of vaccination or prophylaxis is not mandatory to enter into Brazil. However, the Ministry of Health recommends that international tourists update their vaccination before arriving in the country, according to the directions of the country of origin or residence, especially regarding yellow fever, polio, measles and rubella vaccines.

Useful contacts in case of incidents

Emergency phone numbers:

  • Military Police – call 190

In case of threats, theft and security risks.

  • Mobile Medical Emergency Service – SAMU (first-aid) – call 192

In case of medical emergencies.

  • Fire Brigade – call 193

In case of domestic accident, fire, gas leak and flood.

Special Police Unit for Tourism Support (DEAT) – call 2332-2924

Diplomatic representations in Brazil: http://www.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-BR/representacoes-diplomaticas-estrangeiras-no-brasil/18166-embaixadas

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.

Speakers
 
Scott D. Hammond, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group Bio

Natalie Harsdorf-Borsch, Acting Director General, Federal Austrian Competition Authority (tbc) 

Francisco Schertel Mendes, Legislative Consultant of the Federal Senate in the areas of Economic Law, Business Law and Consumer Law (tbc) Bio


Contributions from participants
 
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 Oil and 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 

OECD Issues Note

 

Speakers

Vinicius Carvalho, Professor, University of São Paulo and former President, CADE, Brazil Bio 

Javier Tapia, Executive-Director, Asociación de Transmisores and former Judge at Competition Tribunal, Chile  

Pablo Trevisan, Lawyer-Partner Trevisán Abogados, and former Commissioner, CNDC, Argentina 

Pamela Sittenfeld, Chief of staff, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica 

 

Contributions from participants

Colombia

European Union

Mexico

 

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

OECD note


Contributions from participants

Mexico
Portugal
Spain

 

Speakers

Martin Peitz, Professor of Economics, at the University of Mannheim 

Feng Zhu, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Bio

Diana Moss, President, American Antitrust Institute (tbc) 

Aleksandra Boutin, Founding Partner, Positive Competition (tbc) Bio 

 

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

 

 

 

See also: 

Competition Law and Policy in Latin America 

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 the Americas (CRC)

    

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.