ANTITRUST IN EMERGING AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: China, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa...
Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
The increasing number of competition regimes worldwide gives rise to new challenges for the antitrust enforcement on the global stage. This conference delves into the issues raised by the implementation and enforcement of antitrust rules in developing countries and offers the opportunity to discuss the hottest topics with some of the most prominent antitrust academics, enforcers, and practitioners.
All registrations include breakfast, coffees, lunch and cocktail reception. Payment must be received prior to the conference. There will be no refund after 1st October 2015. Cancellations must be received in writing; cancellation received in writing up to 2 weeks before the conference will receive a refund less 15 %. Substitutes delegates are welcome at any time. Photos will be taken at the event; attendees agree for the organizer to use these photos, unless otherwise required in writing.
This event is seeking approval for New York State CLE credit. If approved, it will be appropriate for both experienced and newly attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) and is presented in traditional (in person) format. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.
Panel sponsors are AZB & Partners, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Compass Lexecon, King & Wood Mallesons, Qualcomm, White & Case, and Winston & Strawn.
NEWS & UPDATES
September 16, 2015
Francis W. Kariuki (Competition Authority of Kenya) was interviewed by Eleanor M. Fox (New York University School of Law).
Eleanor Fox: Francis, you are the Director-General of the Kenya Competition Authority, which is a young agency, having become operational in 2013. By all accounts, you have carried your agency very far in those few years, amidst all of the challenges that face a competition authority in a developing country with a huge portion of people living below the poverty line and the largest source of livelihood in the agriculture sector. Can you tell us: What do you regard as the biggest challenges competition policy enforcement poses to Kenya, and how are you meeting them?
Francis Kariuki: The biggest challenge has been to entrench the Authority in an environment where a competition culture has not deeply permeated. This is exhibited by the lack of appreciation of the workings and benefits of competition law by the business community and also presence of some government regulations which act as obstacles to effective competition. These regulations are as a result of a historical anachronism; from the era of government controls which accorded SOEs a lot of space and latitude in the management of most of the sectors of the economy. The Authority needs to establish its visibility and credibility in this scenario which demands judicious use of the ever scarce resources, in terms of human and capital.
The other challenge, towards entrenching ourselves, is dealing with the perceptions of some international law firms and their clients. This is in reference to what I may refer to as commonality view or single entity perception in regard to the level of development of Competition Agencies in Africa. My personal view is that they believe that all competition laws in the Continent are not modern; analytical skills are missing and internal procedures of managing clients’ information/records are non-existence.
Read the full interview here.
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