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CCC participates in Latin American Competition Forum 2015

The 13th Latin American Competition Forum (LACF)  was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica on 23-24 September 2015. It was hosted by the Jamaica Fair Trading Commission (FTC). The LACF 2015 was notable for being the first occasion in which an English speaking member state of the LACF was hosting the forum. The LACF is jointly sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The LACF’s objective is to promote dialogue, consensus building and networking between the region’s competition policymakers and law enforcers, and to identify and disseminate best practices in competition law and policy in a collegial setting.

The agenda for the 13th LACF included three sessions:
i)    Structural issues in the groceries sector: Mergers and regulatory issues;
ii)    Measuring competition advocacy's impact in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
iii)    Competition issues in the groceries sector: Focus on conduct.

The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) contributed to the second item on the agenda by submitting and presenting a paper on its efforts in measuring the impact of its competition advocacy. The paper can be accessed at http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=DAF/COMP/LACF(2015)3&docLanguage=En

In addition, as with the previous 12 meetings, the morning of the first day of the LACF was devoted to celebrating the national competition day of the host country. The theme of  Jamaica Competition Day focused on developments in the ITC sector, under the title: “Transforming Jamaica Digitally: From Flintstones to Jetsons”. Chairman of the CCC, Dr. Kusha Haraksingh, was one of the guest speakers who provided opening remarks at the Jamaica Competition Day Seminar.

Commission and NCAs benefit from Advanced Training in Competition Law


On 17-22 September 2015, the CARIFORUM Directorate and Equinoccio successfully conducted the first segment of training on competition law and policy under the EPA Capacity Building Project. The “Advanced Training of Trainers Programme in Competition Law” was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was attended by representatives from:

•    CARICOM Competition Commission
•    Jamaica Fair Trading Commission,
•    Barbados Fair Trading Commission,
•    Pro competencia, the national competition authority of the Dominican Republic, and
•    Legal Department of the CARIFOUM Directorate

The training programme was coordinated by Mr. Patrick Martens of Equinoccio and Dr. Taimoon Stewart of the University of the West Indies. Professor Frédéric Jenny delivered the training modules to regional competition practitioners. Dr Frédéric Jenny is  Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris, Judge at the Supreme Court of France (Cour de Cassation) and Chairman of the OECD Competition Law and Policy Committee. He has written extensively on Industrial Organization, Competition law, Trade and Economic Development. Professor Jenny shared his wealth of experience from the enforcement, judicial and policy development spheres to give important insights on the nuances of the application of competition law and policy in different jurisdictions.
To secure the services of an international competition expert such as Professor Jenny was hailed by all of the participants as a step forward in advancing the enforcement of competition policy and law in CARIFORUM.
The Commission must commend the CARIFORUM Directorate, Equinoccio (Mr. Patrick Martens), Dr. Stewart and Professor Jenny for a thorough and thought provoking learning experience that improved the skill sets of staff from the CARICOM Competition Commission, and other National Competition Authorities. This type of training bodes well for the further development of a CARICOM jurisprudence  on competition law and policy.

CCC Quarterly Report April -June 2015

This report highlights the work of the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) for the second quarter of 2015, in the areas of competition law and policy, and consumer welfare and protection in the CARICOM region. The work of the Commission is guided by the institution’s mandate under Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Consequently, the document is structured to highlight the relevant provisions within the RTC under which each activity falls. For the full report please click here.

Chairman Dr. Kusha Haraksingh participates in the Seventh UN Review Conference

Chairman Dr. Kusha Haraksingh participates in the Seventh UN Review Conference (UN Set), 6-10th July 2015


The Seventh UN Review Conference marks the 35th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (UN Set). For the full article please click here.

CCC Completes Preliminary Examination Of CWC Acquisition

The CARICOM Competition Commission has completed the Preliminary Examination of CWC Agreement to Acquire Columbus pursuant to Article 176.1 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). This media release provides Governments, consumers and business with an update on the work conducted by the Commission, the findings to date in regard to this transaction, and the next steps in the process. For the full media release please click here.

CCC Quarterly Report January - March 2015

This report highlights the work of the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) for the first quarter of 2015, in the areas of competition law and policy and consumer welfare and protection in the CARICOM region. The work of the CCC is guided by the institution’s mandate under Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Consequently, the document is structured to highlight, in some cases, the relevant provisions within the RTC that each activity falls under. For the full report please click here.

World Consumer Rights Day 2015 Activities in CARICOM

Given the high prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean, it is only fitting that this year’s theme for World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) be “Healthy Diets”, and that the regional consumer protection community turn its attention to this issue. For a list of some of the activities undertaken in CARICOM to promote WCRD 2015 and this year's theme please click here

CCC Statement on World Consumer Rights Day 2015

Annually, on 15 March, WCRD provides an opportunity for consumer organisations to draw attention to the important role that consumer protection policies and laws play in making societies safer and fairer. Given the high prevalence of NCDs in the Caribbean, it is only fitting that this year’s theme for World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) be “Healthy Diets”, and that the regional consumer protection community turn its attention to this issue. For the full statement please click here.

CCC Quarterly Report October-December 2014

This report highlights the work of the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) for the final quarter of 2014, in the areas of competition law and policy and consumer welfare and protection in the CARICOM region. The work of the CCC is guided by the institution’s mandate under Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Consequently, the document is structured to highlight, in some cases, the relevant provisions within the RTC that each activity falls under. For the full report please click here.

Press Release : Update from CCC on CWC Agreement to acquire Columbus


            Update from CCC on CWC Agreement to acquire Columbus


The CARICOM Competition Commission (“the Commission”) hereby provides an update to its statement published on www.caricomcompetitioncommission.com on 10 December 2014 and issued to media organisations in Member States throughout the region, regarding the agreement by Cable and Wireless Communications Plc (“CWC”) to acquire Columbus International Inc. (“Columbus”).

The indicative conclusions of the internal assessment have given the Commission ‘reason to believe’ pursuant to Article 176.1 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, that the announced agreement between CWC and Columbus has the potential to prejudice trade and prevent, restricts or distorts competition within the CSME  with the possibility of cross-border effects.  

Accordingly, the Commission has written to the National Competition Authorities (NCAs) of Member States pursuant to Article 176.1 to “request the national competition authority to undertake a preliminary examination of the business conduct of the enterprise.”
 
Article 176.2 of the RTC, states that: “Where a request is received according to paragraph 1, the national competition authority shall examine the matter and report its findings to the Commission within such time as may be determined by the Commission”.

The Commission has  requested the NCAs complete the preliminary examination within 30 days from the date of receipt of the written request.

The Commission has written pursuant to Article 173.2(e) of the RTC to other competent authorities in the Member States, namely the national telecommunications regulators or ministries with responsibility for telecommunications to request a preliminary examination of the potential impact of the agreement between CWC and Columbus on national telecommunication markets. The Commission has requested their preliminary examinations be completed within 30 days from the date of receipt of the written request from the Commission.

The Commission invites stakeholders and consumers in the region to share their views with the National Competition Authorities, national telecommunications regulators or ministries with responsibilities for telecommunications, in order to facilitate the preliminary examinations. Stakeholders or consumers may also contact the Commission via its website http://www.caricomcompetitioncommission.com/en/contact to provide their views.

The Commission remains cognizant of the key objectives of Article 169. As such, the Commission is a strong advocate of efficiency and rivalry among firms in national and regional markets in the CSME, and advocates that the benefits to be derived must be shared among all stakeholders in an equitable manner.

The Commission remains committed to a fair and transparent process in the determination of all regulatory matters where the interests of Member States, business and consumers must be considered.

The Commission will provide a further update after the process of analysis and review of the preliminary examination reports from the NCAs, and national telecommunication regulators or ministries with responsibility for telecommunications in Member States is completed. At that time, the Commission will advise of any further action to be taken on this matter.

Dated: 28 January, 2015

CARICOM Competition Commission
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