APEC SOM II: Competition Policy and Deregulation Workshop

30 April-1 May 1999, Christchurch, New Zealand


Day 1, Friday, 30 April 1999


09:00 Chair's introduction and opening remarks

(Mark Steel, Convenor, Competition Policy and Deregulation, New Zealand)

Session I: Issues for Developing Economies

09:15-10:00 APEC Competition Law and Developing Economies Project

(Professor David Elliot, PriceWaterhouseCoopers)

10:00-10:20 Commentary on the Draft Report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers

(Ooi Say Chuan, Deputy Director, APEC Affairs, Malaysia)

10:20-10:40 Morning tea

10:40-11:05 Priorities in developing a competition framework, the problems encountered, the solutions derived, and directions for the future

(Armando Caceres, Chief Economist, Indecopi, Peru)

11:05-11:25 Priorities in developing a competition framework, the problems encountered, the solutions derived, and directions for the future

(Siripol Yodmuangchareon, Deputy Director General, Department of Internal Trade, Thailand)

11:30-12:30 Discussion Session/ Comments from floor

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Session II: Competition Principles for APEC

14:00-14:20 Principles for Guiding the Development of a Competition-Driven Framework for APEC Economies

(Kerrin M Vautier, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council)

14:20-15:00 Commentary on the PECC Competition Principles Project from a New Zealand perspective

(Dr. Alan Bollard, Secretary, NZ Treasury)

15:00-15:15 Afternoon Tea

15:15-15:30 Discussion on how PECC Competition Principles could be applied in APEC

(Iwao Okamoto, Deputy Director-General for Economic Structural Reform, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Japan )

15:30-17:00 Discussion Session/ Comments from floor



Day 2, Saturday 1 May 1999

09:00 Chair's Remarks (Mark Steel)

09:15 Session III: Competition Policy and Deregulation

09:15-10:00 Deregulation: the links between trade & regulatory reform

(Maureen Casey, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, United States)

10:00-10:30 The Work of the WTO Working Group on the Interaction between Trade & Competition Policy

(Dr. Adrian Otten, Director, Intellectual Property Division, WTO)

10:30-10:45 Morning Tea

10:45-11:15 Discussion Session/Comments from the floor

11:15-11:45 Practices which enhance transparency in exemptions/exceptions to competition law, situations where E&Es are justified, and the strategies for their removal where appropriate

(Byung-Ju Lee, Director, Fair Trade Commission, Korea)

11:45-12:30 Discussion Session/ Comments from floor

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Further work, if required, on:

Further Discussion of APEC Competition Principles

APEC Competition Law Study

Improvements and Expansions to Osaka Action Agenda and Collective Action Plans

Future Work Programme for Competition Policy and Deregulation

Development of Competition Policy and Deregulation aspects of member economies Individual Action Plans-comments/reports from individual member economies

15:00-15:15 Afternoon Tea


Session IV: Reports from Member Economies on Projects

15:15-15:45 Report and Discussion on the APEC Competition Policy and Law Database Website

15:45-16:15 Report and Discussion on APEC Partners for Progress Technical Assistance Programme

16:15-16:30 Other APEC Technical Co-operation and Assistance initiatives

16:30-17:30 Discussions of outcomes and Chairs closing remarks


Day 3, Monday, 2 May 1999

12:00-14:30 Joint Session between Competition Policy and Deregulation Workshop, and the Group on Services

(Chaired by Professor Ing Wen Tsai, Convenor, GOS)

12:00 Finish GOS Morning Session in Cambridge Room

12:05 – 13:00 Luncheon for GOS and CPD

(" Working Lunch hosted by the GOS Chair")

13:10 Commence joint working session in Hall C

(GOS Convenor as chair of the session)

13:15 –13:45 "Competition Policy and its Application to Financial Services"

(Arthur Grimes, Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

13:45-14:00 CPD future work programme

(Mark Steel, Convenor, Competition Policy and Deregulation)

14:00-14:30 Dialogue between GOS and CPD on the interrelationship between trade in services and competition policy

14:30 End of joint session between GOS and CPD

GOS delegates move back into the Cambridge room for the remainder of GOS session.