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STATUS OF COMPETITION LAWS AND THEIR IMPLEMENTATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION - A BRIEF REPORT Pradeep S. Mehta CUTS International International Network.

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1 STATUS OF COMPETITION LAWS AND THEIR IMPLEMENTATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION - A BRIEF REPORT Pradeep S. Mehta CUTS International International Network of Civil Society Organisations On Competition

2 The Asia Pacific Region and Competition Laws A vast region with large diversity: geography, culture, political regime, level of development, etc. This diversity cannot be ignored, and indeed it reflects rather clearly, when we talk about competition law in the region.

3 The Situation (on the Basis of Data analysed on 47 Countries) Countries without a competition law Countries in the process of adopting a competition law Countries with an established competition law Countries reviewing/ amending their competition law Countries adopting a new competition law to replace the old one 12827….Out of which  74

4 Some Interesting Flashes  Bad news  Indifferent news  Good news

5 Business opposition impeding adoption/ improvement of competition law Japan, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines

6 Low level of economic development, small industrial base as hindrances Myanmar, Lao PDR, and Bangladesh, but Bhutan

7 Competition law a hard nut to crack? Malaysia Philippines

8 Poorly drafted/enforced law; Lack of political will; budget;expertise and other constraints showing a sad picture Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan

9 Stringent Competition Law Scaring Away Foreign Investors? Pakistan and Sri Lanka

10 WTO Discussions: Pushing Force or Dampener? (+) Nepal and Cambodia (-) Bangladesh and Malaysia

11 The Need for External Political Lock-in China, Vietnam and Lao PDR

12 Externalities help more than domestic demands? Jordan Singapore

13 Remove industrial policy’s capture on the enforcement of competition law Japan, and Korea

14 Sectoral approach instead of specific competition law Hong Kong and Macao, but Singapore

15 Advocacy by civil society Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India

16 Self-realisation India, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia

17 The Way Ahead Not a completely rosy picture, especially as regards implementation quality of the law Optimistic signs: - Increasing appreciation of the need/urgency of having a competition law and the importance of effective enforcement - Increasing technical assistance and cooperation  More advocacy to popularise the law, improve enforcement and frame suitable cooperation framework

18 Thank You!


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