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Report on Consumer Protection in the Air Transportation Industry in the CSME

This Report represents the first phase of a study on the regional airline industry and focuses on the consumer side of the regional air transportation market. Its specific aim is to provide insight into the issue of airline refunds for flights cancelled by airlines operating within the CSME during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the issue of refunds for involuntary cancellations of flights might have existed before the pandemic, it became more relevant given the finances of many persons in the region who were affected by cancelled flights. To view the full Report, click here.

CCC publishes first State of Competition Enforcement in the CSME Report

The Report on the State of Competition Enforcement in the CSME (2019-2021) aims to increase the regional public’s understanding of how competition enforcement is developing within the CSME. In doing so, the Report presents accessible statistics relating to the competition enforcement and advocacy activities of the competition authorities in the region. The expectation is that the report will also provide both the Commission and the CSME Member States with information to better target their respective resources towards improving competition at the national and regional levels.  To view the full Report, click here.

Commodity Price Report (2019-2021)

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARICOM Competition Commission established and chaired a Steering Committee to address concerns in the region that deceptive business practices such as price gouging and anticompetitive business conduct would distort markets for goods and services.  One of functions of the Steering Committee was to monitor commodity prices across the region in an effort to identify and prohibit such practices. This Commodity Price Report presents some of the food price data collected by the Committee during this pandemic. To view the full Report, click here.

CCC partners with UNCTAD for Global Policy Dialogue

18 NOVEMBER 2021

GLOBAL POLICY DIALOGUE

The CARICOM Competition Commission will partner with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to host the Global Policy Dialogue on post-COVID resurgence of MSMEs and Competition Policy. The virtual event will take place from 1-3 December, 2021. To register for the event click https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lDgPcqT8T26W6cmHiO9vIQ

The full agenda for the 3-day event can also be accessed here, while the official flyer can be found here.

 

CCC Virtual Webinar on Competition and Compliance Considerations for Attorneys

PRESS RELEASE 

VIRTUAL WEBINAR

“COMPETITION IN THE CSME AND COMPLIANCE CONSIDERATIONS FOR ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW”

Kingston, Jamaica

The Commission in collaboration with the Jamaica Bar Association (JAMBAR) will host a virtual webinar on “Competition in the CSME and Compliance Considerations for Attorneys-at-Law” on October 28, 2021 via Zoom. This will be the first of a series of webinars to be held by the Commission in 4th quarter of 2021.

The registration link for the virtual webinar for Attorneys is: https://lnkd.in/dp5XiM6H

To see the full press release and other presenters during the webinar click here

 

 

CCC Strategic Plan 2020-2022

30 March 2021

CARICOM Competition Commission Strategic Plan 2020-2022

The CARICOM Competition Commission is pleased to present to the public its Strategic Plan 2020-2022. The Strategic Plan represents the institution's first effort in mapping its way forward in conjunction with its target audience and stakeholders. To view the full document click here.

CCC Launches Online Questionnaire for Airline Study

PRESS RELEASE

CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) launches virtual questionnaire for airline customers on competition and consumer concerns in CARICOM

By press release dated 2nd September 2020, the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) informed the regional public of the launch of its Market Study of Scheduled Air Transport in CARICOM.

Three (3) concerns motivate the market study: (a) customer experiences with flight cancellations due to COVID-19; (b) airline ticket pricing; and (c) the legal and regulatory framework that govern competition amongst airlines operating in the region and consumer protection for regional airline customers.

A key data gathering component of the market study is an online survey targeting airline customers in CARICOM. The CCC also urges airline customers in the region whose travel plans were disrupted by COVID-19 to participate in this important exercise.

The link to online airline customer questionnaire is available via the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FS5YZVQ. It is easy to understand and can be completed in less than 10 minutes using any internet enabled devices such a tablet or mobile phone.

The online questionnaire is also available on the websites and social media platforms of participating national competition and consumer authorities, and ministries responsible for competition and consumer protection in each member state.

Your participation will help the CCC gather information needed to identify potential competition and consumer protection issues in the scheduled air transport sector. Any critical issue identified will be addressed in a coordinated and pro-active way by the regional community for the benefit of airline customers, and the scheduled air transport sector.

As always, please stay safe and follow the health guidance provided by authorities during this COVID-19 pandemic.


Nievia Ramsundar
Executive Director
CARICOM Competition Commission

7th October 2020

To Download the PDF of the Press Release please click here.

CCC establishes COVID-19 Steering Committee

PRESS RELEASE
 
CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) Establishes Steering Committee to Monitor Regional Action Plan for Competition and Consumer Agencies in CARICOM to Mitigate Effects of COVID-19
 
The CCC views the competition and consumer protection laws in the region to be critical now more than ever before as they can help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on commercial and consumer welfare. Promoting competitive markets through competition advocacy and enforcement can support the maintenance of fair competitors or facilitate the entry of new suppliers of essential goods in Member States, thereby reducing prices during the pandemic. Consumer laws can also help advocacy for the health and safety measures.
 
In this regard, the CCC, in consultation with trade, competition and consumer officials, has developed a Regional Action Plan (“Plan”) with collaborative strategies for national competition and consumer protection authorities in the CARICOM during the pandemic. Moreover, the CCC, in partnership with these officials, established a Steering Committee to monitor initiatives taken by Member States, and to provide advice on key policy decisions required at the national level to implement the Plan. 
 
For the full press release outlining the Plan and the current composition of the Steering Committee, click here.
 
Executive Director
CARICOM Competition Commission
Paramaribo
Suriname
4th May 2020
 

CCC announces winners of Essay Competition

CCC Announces Winners of its Inaugural Regional Secondary School Essay Competition

The CCC is pleased to announce the winners of its Inaugural Regional Secondary School Essay Competition. The competition concluded on 30 March 2020. To view the press release with the full list of winners and students the Commission would like to commend for submitting high quality essays, please click here.
 
Justice Christopher Blackman
CARICOM Competition Commission
Paramaribo
Suriname

30 April 2020

Submissions Closed for the Inaugural CCC Regional Essay Contest

Submissions Closed for the Inaugural CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) Secondary School Essay Writing Competition
 
The CCC wishes to announce that the deadline for the submission of essays for its inaugural regional secondary school essay competition was 31 March 2020. The competition is now closed. To view the full press release click here.
 
Justice Christopher Blackman
CARICOM Competition Commission
Paramaribo
Suriname
 
6 April 2020