Asia-Pacific Competition Update: OECD/Korea Policy Centre newsletter


This newsletter includes brief reports about the initiatives taking place within the OECD-Korea Policy Centre Competition Programme. It includes overviews of meetings held by the OECD in Paris and provides an opportunity for participating economies from the Asia-Pacific region to exchange their latest experiences on competition law and policy issues.

News, case studies and articles from Asian-Pacific competition authorities are welcome. If you have material that you wish to be considered for publication in this newsletter, please contact [email protected].

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Issue 32 - December 2023 (PDF)


In this issue:


  • Summary of 8th OECD Asia-Pacific High Level Representatives Meeting
  • KFTC’s Top Cases in Digital Area
  • News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities
  • Summary Regarding OECD Competition Week
  • Summary of 2023 Workshops 


Previous issues



Issue 31 - December 2022 (PDF)

In this issue: Summary of 7th OECD Asia-Pacific High Level Representatives Meeting, News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Summary of workshops held in 2022, Summary of the OECD Competition Week held in December 2022, Competition Bureau of the OECD



Issue 30 - November 2022

In this issue: KFTC’s Top Cases in Digital Area, News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Summary of the OECD Competition Week June 2022, summary of centre's workshops in 2022.



Issue 29 - December 2021

In this issue: Summary OECD Asia-Pacific Competition Law Enforcement Trends, News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Summary regarding Workshops 2021, Summary of the Special Meeting of AP Heads, OECD/KPC Competition Programme 2022

Issue 28 - October 2021

In this issue:  Trade and Competition: Best Friends Forever?, A Landmark Event: Launch of the Fostering Competition in ASEAN reports, OECD Competition Week, News from Asia-Pacific, Summary of Workshops in 2021



Issue 27 - December 2020

In this issue: Building a Cartel Enforcement Regime, Competition policy and the Economic Recovery, Asia-Pacific: COVID-19 and co-operation between competitors, OECD Competition Committee Meetings, OECD/KPC Competition Programme 2021

Issue 26- October 2020

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities,  Summary of the Special Meeting of AP Heads, Covid-19 and Competition Responses in the first Phase of the Crisis, OECD/KPC Workshop on the Health Sector (July 2020), The OECD/KPC Webinars on Competition Economics: Mergers and Abuse of Dominance (October 2020), ICN/OECD Webinar on ‘Competition Investigations during the COVID-19 Crisis’, Antitrust in times of Crisis, Roundtable on Competition Policy in the Time of Covid-19, Literature Review August 2019. 



Issue 25- September 2019

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Workshop on Competition Rules in the Transport Sector, Bilateral Seminar for OTCC (Thailand), 9th OECD/KPC Competition Seminar for Judges on Main Challenges in Adjudicating Competition Law Cases, The Growing Importance of Digital Markets in ASEAN, OECD Competition Committee Meetings and Literature Review August 2019. 

Issue 24-March 2019

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, 8th OECD/KPC Competition Law Seminar for Judges, Bilateral Seminar in Viet Nam, Summary of 2nd Meeting of High Level Representatives of Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities. 



Issue 23- October 2018

In this issue: News from Competition Authorities of Asean, Australia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Vientnam; OECD/KPC-ICN Workshop on Competition Economics for Chief and Senior Economists; Primers on Competition Law for ASEAN Judges; 2018 Global Forum on Competition. 

Issue 22- April 2018

In this issue: News from Competition Authorities of China, Hong Kong (China),  Japan, Korea and Singapore; Sector Workshop on Competition Rules in the Energy Sector; Leader’s Corner: Interview with Toh Han Li, CCCS; Prioritisation of Competition Actions by Competition Agencies in Asia Pacific; Economics in Competition; Ministerial Meeting of OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme in Tokyo; Update on list of topics for the OECD June 2018 Competition Committee meetings - Paris. 



Issue 21 - December 2017

In this issue: News from Competition Authorities of Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia; Workshops on Best Practices in Cartel Procedures and on Market Studies; First OECD Asia High-Level Reps Meeting in Paris; Summary of OECD December 2017 Competition Committee meetings and Global Forum on Competition held in Paris; Centre's 2018 Programme.


Issue 20 - October 2017

In this issue: News from Competition Authorities of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Mongolia, Competition in the Pharmaceutical Sector, Going after Bid-Rigging Cartels, Summary of OECD June 2017 Competition Committee meetings held in Paris and Fighting Cartels in Public Procurement: Policy and Practice.


Issue 19 - May 2017

In this issue: Workshop on Information Exchange: Efficiency Enhancing or Cartel in Disguise?, Bilateral Workshop with Philippines Competition Commission, 7th OECD/KPC Competition Workshop for Asia-Pacific Judges, ACCC cases on Flight Centre Travel Group and AU/NZ Banking Group and Macquaries Bank Limited, Chinese Taipei Fair Trade Commission under new leadership, Japan Concludes Co-operation Arrangement with Mongolia’s Competition Authority, JFTC Releases Report on the Antimonopoly Act and Issues Warning to Company Dealing European Government Bond, Korea Imposes Penalty Surcharge on Qualcomm Incorporated, Updates on the Reform of the Competition Law in Vietnam and Summary of OECD December 2016 Competition meetings held in Paris (Topics: Innovation in land transport, Geographic market definition, Agency decision making, Price discrimination, Big data, Review of Ukraine, Human Rights, Market Studies, Independence of Competition Authorities and Sanctions in Antitrust Cases).



Issue 18 - December 2016

In this issue: How to do Competition Assessment Projects; Workshop on Merger Control, Workshop for Judges: Use of Competition Economics in the Courtroom, Workshop for Young Competition Agencies in ASEAN, ACCC sends stern warning following first criminal cartel in shipping industry, The Korea Fair Trade Commission amended “public notification on implementation of leniency programme”, Malaysia Competition Commission holds forum on competition law in pharmaceutical sector, Papua New Guinea: ICCC moves to implement compulsory notification on business acquisitions. 


Issue 17 - September 2016

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities: The Australian ACCC sends a stern warning following first criminal cartel in the shipping industry, Chinese Taipei: Holding international conference on strategies of competition policy, Hong Kong Competition Commission rolls out “fighting bid-rigging cartels” campaign, Staple food cartels in Indonesia, Conclusion of MOU between foreign competition authorities and Japan’s JFTC, Korean’s KFTC drafted amendment on public notification of leniency programme, Price fixing cases amongst real estate agencies in New Zealand, Philippines complete its implementing rules and undertakes comprehensive merger reviews, Workshop on Abuse of Dominance Fundamentals, Singapore Case Study: Withdrawal of Life Insurance Offer on, Sector Workshop on Competition Rules in the Financial Sector, Chinese Taipei Case Study: Port of Taichung Case, Pakistan Case Study: Pakistan’s Experience on Exploitative Conduct, Summaries of discussions held during the OECD Competition Meetings of  June 2016 Meetings (Disruptive Innovations in Legal Services, Manal on market examination, Public interest considerations in merger control, Jurisdictional Thresholds and Local Nexus in Merger Control, Fidelity rebates, Commitment Decisions in Antitrust Cases). 


Issue 16 - May 2016 

In this issue: Progress on SAIC’s competition legislation and legal enforcement, Central Government revised threshold for notification of combinations in India, Competition issues in communications and supervision and enforcement on partnerships agreement between MSME and large-sized enterprises in Indonesia, Competition Commission Hong Kong in full operation to enforce the city’s first cross-sector competition law,  Japan publishes “Guidelines on Administrative Investigation Procedures under the Antimonopoly Act”, new guidelines for IP in Korea,  Stock exchange mergers in Pakistan, Sanction of financial advisers in Singapore. Workshops on Remedies in Merger Cases and on Building Cartel Enforcement and an article on Cartel enforcement in Vietnam



Issue 15 - November 2015

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities; Workshop on Telecommunications and ICT Sectors; Workshop for Judges on the Use of Competition Economics, Summaries of discussions held during the OECD Competition Meetings in October 2015: Disruptive Innovation in the Financial Sector, Cartels Involving Intermediate Goods, Across Platform Parity Agreements, Links and Drivers between Competition and Employment, Peer Review of Kazakhstan’s, Disruptive Innovations and Competition Law Enforcement, Serial Offenders: Why Some Industries Seem Prone to Endemic Collusion.


Issue 14 - September 2015

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Workshop on Fighting Bid Rigging, Leader’s seminar on Competition Advocacy, Summaries of OECD competition meetings held in June 2015 on: Liner Shipping, Auctions and Tenders, Public and Private Antitrust Enforcement in Competition, Disruptive Innovation, Oligopoly Markets and a summary of the OECD workshop on ex-post evaluation of enforcement decisions by competition authorities.


Issue 13 - April 2015

In this issue: Workshop on Competition in the Retail Sector, Workshop on Practical Aspects of Effective Merger Control, News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Overview of OECD Competition Committee Meetings.


Issue 12 - November 2014

In this issue: Workshop for Judges on Evidence in Cartel Proceedings, Workshop for ASEAN Member States on Cartel Fundamentals, Workshop on Merger Review Procedures and Joint Ventures, Workshop on Evidentiary Issues in Establishing Abuse of Dominance, News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, OECD Competition Committee Meetings.


Issue 11 - April 2014

In this issue: 10th Anniversary Celebration and Workshop on International Co-operation in Cross-Border Competition Cases (Seoul) News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, Summaries of OECD Competition Meetings from October 2013 and February 2014 (Competition and productivity, Waste management services, Remedies in cross-border mergers, Ex-officio cartel investigation, Food chain industry, Evaluation of competitive effects in government interventions, inancial consumer protection, Investigation of consummated non-notifiable mergers, Fighting corruption and promoting competition, Distribution of pharmaceuticals, Peer review of Romania), Workshop on Complex Mergers (Busan), Competition Law Workshop for Judges (Gyeongju).



Issue 10 - December 2013

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, OECD Competition Committee Meetings (Rail transportation services, Definition of Transaction of Merger Control Review, Role and Measurement of Quality in Competition Analysis, Road Fuel),  Kuala Lumpur Workshop on Fighting Bid Rigging, and Workshop on Use of Indirect Evidence in Cartel Investigations.


Issue 9 - June 2013

In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, OECD Competition Committee Meetings (Local and Regional Transportation, Competition Assessment Recommendation, Impact Assessment of CAs activities, Vertical Restraints, Poverty Reduction and TV & Broadcasting), Seoul Workshop on Practice and Procedure in Competition Cases and Jeju Workshop on Intellectual Property and Competition Law.


Issue 8 - January 2013

In this issueNews from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, August 2012 OECD/KPC and ASEAN Joint Workshop on Bringing Competition into Regulated Sectors, October 2012 OECD Competition Committee Meetings (Ex-post evaluation of competition interventions, Leniency for Subsequent Applicants, Payment Systems, International Co-operation, Finacial Markets, Efficiency Claims), October 2012 Workshop on Competition Issues in the Aviation Sector, November 2012 Workshop for Judges, 2013 OECD/ Korea Policy Centre Competition Programme Workshops.



Issue 7 - October 2012

In this issueNews from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, 2012 May Workshop on Merger Analysis and the Implementation of Remedies, June OECD Committee Meetings, 2012 June Workshop on Vertical Restraints.



In this issue: News from Asia-Pacific Competition Authorities, 2011 December Busan Workshop on Abuse of Dominance Fundamentals, OECD Competition Committee Meetings (Digital Economy, Competition in Hospital Services, Unilateral Disclosure of Information with Anticompetitive Effects), 2012 OECD Global Forum on Competition (Commodity Price Volatility, Improving International Co-operation in Cartel Investigations, State Owned Enterprises and the Principle of Competitive Neutrality), 2012 March Workshop on Rewarding Co-operation in Cartel Investigations.




In this issue: Summary of the Centre's events (Competition Assessment and Advocacy, Legitimate Business Practices or Cartel in Disguise, Workshop for Judges). Summary of the OECD's Competition Committee June and October 2011 meetings (Ports and Port Services, Merger Remedies & Conditional Merger Approvals, Network Neutrality, “De Minimis” Rules in Competition Cases, Promoting Compliance with Competition Law, Impact Evaluation of Merger Decisions, Excessive Pricing, Procedural Fairness, Digitial Economy). Country updates by Korea, Japan and Chinese Taipei.



In this issue: Report on the centre's events (Abuse of Market Dominance and experience from India; Merger fundamentals and experiences from Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam; Competition in Telecommunications and Experiences from India, Indonesia Singapore and Pakistan).



In this issue: 2011 Asia Competition Programme. Reports on centre's events (Investigation Techniques, Drug Manufacturing and Supply Cartel Uncovered, Update of Competition Law in Mongolia, Anticompetitive Conduct Alleged in Media publishing in Thailand). Summary of OECD’s Competition Committee February 2011 meetings (Quantification of Harm and Anti-competitive Conduct, Economic Evidence in Merger Cases, Regulated Conduct Defence). 2011 OECD Global Forum on Competition (Cross-Border Merger Control: Challenges for Developing and Emerging Economies, Crisis Cartels). Country updates by Pakistan, Korea and Mongolia.




In this issue: Report on the Centre's events on Abuse of Dominance and Competition in the Banking Industry. Summary of OECD’s Competition Committee October 2010 meetings held in Paris (Information Sharing between Competitors, Green Growth, Arbitration and Competition Law, Structural Reform in Electricity and Railways, Update on Indonesian Competition Law). Case studies by Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Pakistan. Country updates by Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore.



In this issue: Summaries of regional anti-trust Work-shops (Vertical and Conglomerate Mergers, Merger Remedies, Cartel Enforcement). OECD Competition June 2010 Meetings (Standard Setting and Competition Policy, Procedural Fairness: Transparency Issues in Civil and Administrative Proceedings, Credit Rating Agencies, Structural Separation in Telecommunications and Gas, Public Procurement and Bid Rigging Issues, Exit Strategies, Competition and Professional Sports). Case studies by Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Singapore. 



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