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Final episode of CCC Conversations now available

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Final Episode of "CCC Conversations" Video Series Featuring Interview with Mr. David Miller

Paramaribo, 12 December 2023 – To conclude the activities marking its 15th anniversary, the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) announces the release of the final episode of its video series, ‘CCC Conversations’. This last episode features an insightful interview with Mr. David Miller, the Executive Director of the Jamaica Fair Trading Commission since November 2008.

"The 15th anniversary of the Commission is a significant milestone, and we are delighted to share this moment with stakeholders across the region through the final episode of 'CCC Conversations,'" said Mr. Nestor Alfred, Commissioner at the Commission. "Mr. David Miller's insights offer a unique perspective on the challenges faced by small national competition authorities and underscore the importance of our role as a regional competition authority within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME)."

As the 15th-anniversary celebrations end, the Commission extends an invitation to the public to anticipate the release of its strategic plan for the years 2024-2026. The strategic plan will outline the institution’s priority initiatives to further enhance competition enforcement and consumer protection in the CSME.

To watch the final episode of "CCC Conversations" featuring Mr. David Miller, the previous two episodes with competition expert Dr. Eleanor Fox and Ms. Teresa Moreira of UNCTAD and to learn more about the Commission's 15th-anniversary productions, please visit our official YouTube channel or our LinkedIn and Facebook social media pages. The see the full press release you can also click here

Second episode of CCC Conversations now available

CARICOM Competition Commission Unveils Second Episode of CCC Conversations: Exploring the Role of Competition Law and Policy with UNCTAD's Teresa Moreira

 

The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) continues to engage and educate the public with the launch of the second episode of its video series, "CCC Conversations." This episode features an exclusive interview with Ms. Teresa Moreira, the Head of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Ms. Moreira's expertise, spanning her illustrious career in competition law and policy, promises an enlightening discussion on the significance of these principles in developing countries, particularly those in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

 

In this episode of "CCC Conversations," Ms. Teresa Moreira shares her invaluable insights into the role of competition law and policy in developing countries, with a specific focus on the CSME region. The conversation explores various facets, including:

 

  • The critical importance of competition law in fostering fair and competitive markets in developing countries like those in the CSME.
  • The synergies between competition and industrial policies for advancing economic development.
  • The pivotal role of regional competition authorities in facilitating regional integration movements.

 

The second episode of "CCC Conversations" promises to be a thought-provoking dialogue, highlighting the immense potential that competition law and policy hold for the development of the CSME Member States. Watch the episode on our YouTube channel HERE

CCC and CXC to host Youth Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection

CARICOM COMPETITION COMMISSION AND CXC® TO CONVENE A REGIONAL VIRTUAL YOUTH CONFERENCE ON COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW

Paramaribo, 09 November 2023 - This year the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2023 and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC®) celebrates its 50th Anniversary. The two CARICOM Regional institutions are jointly convening a regional virtual youth conference on competition and consumer protection law and policy.

The conference theme is "The Importance of Competition and Consumer Laws and Policies to the CSME Regional Integration Movement" and is scheduled for 21st November 2023 at 8.30am CST (Belize), 9.30am EST (Jamaica), 10.30am ECT, and 11.30am SRT (Suriname).

The Conference targets students completing Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC®) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) subjects with CARICOM and economics components. The presentations delivered will link theoretical concepts to real world application of competition and consumer protection law and policy. 

To see the full press release, click here

Launch of the first episode of CCC Conversations

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Paramaribo, 29th September 2023. The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) proudly announces the celebration of its 15th anniversary, a significant milestone in its mission to promote fair competition and foster economic growth within the Caribbean region. To commemorate this achievement, CCC is delighted to launch "CCC Conversations", an engaging video series that will provide insights through the eyes of international and regional experts into the world of competition policy and enforcement in the Caribbean. 

For more information about the CCC and to watch the first episode of "CCC Conversations" featuring Dr. Eleanor Fox, please visit our website our social media platforms or click here. Stay tuned for further episodes!

To view the full press release please click here

CCC Completes Preliminary Assessment of LPG Markets

PRESS RELEASE

20 July 2023

The CARICOM Competition Commission (“the Commission”) has concluded a preliminary assessment of a pricing matter related to the market for Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG, commonly known as “cooking gas”) in two Member States of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The preliminary assessment commenced in October 2021 through the Commission’s internal review of the relevant markets in Guyana and Barbados based on information received, which was followed in April 2022 by requests for national preliminary examination reports from the Member States’ national competition commissions. The national competition authorities submitted their respective reports of their national markets in September 2022 and April 2023. On this basis, the Commission has now concluded its preliminary assessment as required under Article 176 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC).

The Commission finds there to be insufficient evidence of both (i) any likely price collusion at the import level in the respective Member States and (ii) cross-border effects. As such, a full regional investigation in the LPG markets of the relevant Member States may not be warranted at this time. In this instance, the relevant national competition authorities may take further action in accordance with their enabling national legislation and keep the LPG market under continued surveillance given the preliminary signs that price collusion could be a plausible concern.

To view the entire press release, click here

CCC and CTU to host webinar on consumer protection

The CCC and CTU invites interested persons to attend the Webinar on Consumer Protection in Telecoms. The Webinar seeks to disseminate valuable information, promote awareness and facilitate an interactive platform for stakeholders to engage with US FCC and CARICOM experts.

 

Objectives:

  • Educate: Enhance understanding of the rights, protections, and available resources in the telecommunications industry, including privacy, data security, billing practices, and consumer complaint resolution.
  • Promote Awareness: Raise awareness about emerging consumer protection issues, such as robocalls, spam messages, fraudulent activities, and unfair practices, while highlighting counter measures to mitigate risks.
  • Empower: Equip stakeholders with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions, exercise their rights, and protect themselves in the digital age.
  • Foster Engagement: Facilitate a dynamic and interactive platform for stakeholders to engage directly with FCC and CARICOM experts, ask questions and seek clarification on consumer protection matters.

For more information about the Webinar and registration click here

CCC Close out Consumer Conference

CARICOM Competition Commission and Commonwealth Conference on Enforcement Practices and Emerging Trends in Consumer Protection

The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) is pleased to announce a closing conference to its Online Consumer Protection Course for consumer protection officials and competition officials in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), to be held virtually on 15th June 2023, at 11am ECT or 4pm UK.

The conference will feature expert speakers on Enforcement and Redress – Jason Freeman, UK Competition and Markets Authority, Sasha Gaye-Russell, Jamaica Consumer Affairs Commission, and include an overview of new proposals by the CARICOM Secretariat’s Ms. Cecila Melville for financial consumer protection. CCC’s Mr. Rommell Hippolyte will introduce the segment with a look at assessment tools for consumer detriment.

Emerging Trends in the Digital Economy for consumer protection will be the main focus of the session with Professor Dr. Archana Gulati presenting on developments in India; Dr. Iris Benöhr of Queen Mary University on consumer credit and debt in the UK and EU; and Ms. Vashti Maharaj of the Commonwealth speaking to consumer issues in data protection and cybersecurity. CCC’s Ms. Nievia Ramsundar will support the segment with an overview of key legislative issues for protection of the digital consumer.

To view the entire press release, please click here

CCC and Commonwealth Secretariat hosts Consumer Protection Webinar

CARICOM Competition Commission and Commonwealth to host a Consumer Protection Webinar

The CARICOM Competition Commission in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat will host a webinar on consumer protection law and policy on 3 May 2023 at 11:00 – 12:30 pm Eastern Caribbean Time.

The webinar aims to build the capacity of policymakers, government officials, lawyers, private businesses, consumer advocates, and anyone with an interest in enhancing consumer welfare in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and beyond. Participants will gain insights from experts on the principles of consumer protection law and policy from international and regional perspectives, and the consumer protection framework in the CSME.

The event also forms part of the Commission’s online Introductory Consumer Protection Law and Policy in the CSME, which aims to support the achievement of the Single Market by promoting a harmonised approach to consumer protection in the region. Participants of the online course will, therefore, have an opportunity to interact with some of the course facilitators. The second consumer protection webinar will be held on 15 June 2023.

 

Featured Speakers:

  •  Ms. Iris Benohr, Senior Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Competition and Consumers (ICC)
  •  Ms. Tyra Bakker, Legal Officer at the Guyana Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission
  •  Mr. Marc Jones, Senior Legal Counsel at the CARICOM Competition Commission

 

For further information about the mandate of the Commission, the consumer protection webinar, or the consumer protection law and policy course, please contact the Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through our Facebook or LinkedIn social media platforms.

For Information on the Commonwealth Secretariat, its mandate and work in the Commonwealth, you can visit https://thecommonwealth.org/, or view their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

 

To register for the event click here.

 

CARICOM Competition Commission                         Commonwealth Secretariat

Paramaribo, Suriname                                               London, United Kingdom

CCC launches online introductory competition course

CARICOM COMPETITION COMMISSION LAUNCHES ONLINE COURSE IN COMPETITION LAW AND POLICY IN THE CSME”

Article 173.2 (g) and (h) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas RTC) mandates the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) to: facilitate the exchange of relevant information and expertise; and develop and disseminate information about competition policy, and consumer protection policy.

Pursuant to this Treaty mandate, the Commission is pleased to announce the launch of its online course on competition law and policy in the CSME. The online programme commenced on April 18, 2023. It offers training in competition law and its benefits to consumers and the regional economy. Its eight modules cover aspects such as the objectives, legal pillars, and basic economics of competition law. Specific to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) the course also presents the competition regimes and the relationships between the various institutions and the courts of the region.

Public officials and other interested persons can register for the course using the link https://forms.gle/rNvQfS7AkMdEAXF26 or by contacting the Commission via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through our Facebook and LinkedIn social media pages.

 

CCC and Commonwealth Secretariat launch online consumer protection course

CARICOM Competition Commission and Commonwealth launch a new course for Consumer Protection Authorities in the Caribbean

Today the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) launches its online consumer protection course for consumer protection officials in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

This activity forms part of the CCC’s 2023 Work Programme supporting the development of the region’s consumer protection framework, which is a core enabler to achieving a fully integrated regional economy and single market.

The CCC partnered with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Connectivity Agenda Section, which provided funding to facilitate the course’s development. The course aims to support the development of the region’s consumer protection framework which is a core enabler to achieving a fully integrated regional economy.

The course is primarily facilitated by Dr. Iris Benöhr, who is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Competition and Consumers (ICC), with contributions from national consumer protection authorities within the region and the CCC.

To view the full press release, click here.