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Wanted: Consultant to develop an online consumer protection course for the CSME

26 NOVEMBER 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The CARICOM Competition Commission in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking an international consultant to develop an online consumer protection course for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) region.

Interested persons are encouraged to apply for the consultancy. To view the full Terms and Conditions and submit your application for the consultancy to develop the online consumer protection course, please visit the link Consultancy for the Development of an Online Consumer Protection Training Course | The Commonwealth.

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

CCC Statement on COVID-19

CCC Committed to Competitive Markets and Consumer Protection in the CARICOM Region During the Coronavirus Pandemic
 
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the small economies of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). With Member States closing borders, recommending social distancing and closure of main economic activities such as dining out, “staycations” and other community gatherings, it is fair to say that COVID - 19  has not only impacted the very social fabric of Member States but also commercial and consumer welfare within the Region.
 
It is natural that small to medium businesses would be required to scale down their operations to protect employees. This results in disruptions in the delivery of services and products to consumers. There have also been notable surges in the demand for groceries, personal protective equipment, and healthcare items in recent weeks across the Region, leading to shortages in supplies of these products. These demand and supply shocks have invariably led to price increases throughout the Member States, to the detriment of their most economically vulnerable consumers (i.e. the impoverished). The misinformed are also now susceptible to marketing ploys for goods or services claiming to cure, treat or prevent COVID 19.
 
The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) believes that through its regional competition and consumer mandates within the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), the challenges to commercial and consumer welfare associated with COVID-19 can be minimized.  The CCC’s two main priorities are always: ensuring consumers in the region benefit from competitive markets through competition advocacy and enforcement; and promoting the protection of the health and safety of consumers in the Member States.
 
The Commission is of the view that the sale and/or promotion of fraudulent products or services that promise to treat, cure or prevent COVID 19 is a threat to the regional public health and  prohibited under the national consumer protection and/or other relevant national legislation in the region.
 
The CCC further affirms that anti-competitive business conduct aimed at taking advantage of consumers by restricting access or supply to, or excessively raising or maintaining high prices of necessary goods and other items used to protect consumers from COVID 19, is prohibited under the Community Competition Policy and  national competition laws in the Member States that have enacted such laws.
 
To ensure that regional public health is secured and competition in the markets for the supply of goods and items used to protect consumers from COVID 19 are maintained, the CCC will collaborate with its regional partners, such as national competition and consumer protection authorities, sector regulators, non-government consumer organisations, and other regional institutions to:
 
 
  • Engage in competition advocacy to encourage firms to behave responsibly in pricing their products during this pandemic

 

  • Ensure and/or facilitate communication by relevant authorities with businesses and consumers to report sale and pricing practices that are suspected of infringing national competition or consumer protection laws.
 
  • Monitor markets as to whether firms are engaging in conduct which substantially impedes effective competition in markets in key product markets.
 
  • Encourage direct enforcement action is taken against firms that individually or collectively engage in anti-competitive business conduct. For example, firms colluding to fix or charge excessive prices for key products or marketing fraudulent products that claim to prevent, cure or treat COVID 19.
 
  • Advocate for the fast track implementation of national competition and consumer protection laws in Member States without such laws to assist in the ability of agencies to respond effectively to unscrupulous sales and pricing practices in the region.
 
  • Promote a region-wide monitoring policy for prices of critical products and services (voluntary or otherwise) such as selected food and health and safety related items in Member States where market conditions do not currently support effective competition.
 
For further information about the CCC and its mandate under the RTC, please visit our website at www.caricomcompetitioncommission.com. If you wish to report unfair or anti-competitive sale and pricing practices that may be in your Member State, please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
CARICOM Competition Commission
Paramaribo
Suriname
25th March 2020
 
To download this press release please click here
 
 
 

CCC Closes for the Holidays

OFFICE CLOSURE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The CARICOM Competition Commission wishes to announce that its office will remain closed from 24 December 2019 to 2 January 2020. We assure you that all your emails will be answered as soon as our office reopens on 3 January 2020. The Commission wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

 

CARICOM Competition Commission
Hendrikstraat 69, Paramaribo, Suriname
Tel: (597) 491-455/491-470/ Fax: (597) 530-639
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Web site: www.caricomcompetitioncommission.com