5th ASEAN Competition Conference: “Advancing Competition Policy and Law Post-2015”

“Advancing Competition Policy and Law Post-2015: Progress, Opportunities and Challenges”

The 5th ASEAN Competition Conference will be held from 4-5 June 2015 at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers (Ballrooms 1-2, 3rd floor) located at No. 88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

The year 2015 marks an important milestone for ASEAN on its journey towards deeper economic integration through the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). ASEAN Member States (AMS) have increased their efforts to put into place key measures to enhance the trade and investment climate while strengthening the legal frameworks for competition, consumer protection and intellectual property rights. In line with the commitments under the AEC Blueprint, seven AMS have enacted competition laws; six have already set up a dedicated competition agency, with the remaining countries expected to follow suit by 2016. Efforts are on-going to develop a regional cooperation framework that will – in the long run – allow for greater cooperation in the handling of cross-border competition cases.

The imminent realisation of the AEC 2015 calls for a closer look at the scope and state of ASEAN integration, as well as its implications for businesses and consumers. The challenges are multi-fold: How can economic potentials presented by the larger market of the AEC be unlocked? The private sector and civil society are aware of ASEAN but more work is required to enhance their understanding so that they can take advantage of the new opportunities. How can ASEAN meet the expectations and promises associated with an AEC in 2015? What are the perspectives – and potential challenges – for competition policy in this context?

As ASEAN works out its comprehensive post-2015 vision, it will be important to be mindful and realistic about communicating what the AEC 2015 means and entails. The formal establishment of the AEC 2015, with its single market and production base, will ultimately put the compliance of Member States with regional commitments to the test: effective integration does not only rely on intensified regional cooperation, but also requires continued regulatory reforms and institutional development in the Member States. This is particularly relevant when it comes to promoting fair competition in ASEAN.

The ASEAN Competition Conference (ACC) series is the flagship annual event spearheaded by the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC). It was first convened in 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, and has since become an important platform for reaching out to a broader public and inform about recent developments as well as share best practices in Competition Policy and Law (CPL) in ASEAN.

Competitive Neutrality – Maintaining a Level Playing Field between Public and Private Business

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Tuan Nguyen from LNT & Partners is giving a speech on “Competitive Neutrality – Maintaining a Level Playing Field between Public and Private Business” session at the conference. This session will shed light on the concept of competitive neutrality which is gaining ground in international discussions and essentially entails that the same set of rules applies to public and private businesses. With the objective of safeguarding efficiency, this serves to ensure that business activities by the government do not have competitive advantage over private businesses, simply by virtue of government ownership or control. However, in practice, many competition agencies across the world are faced with considerable challenges, for example when it comes to a lack of transparency in public procurement. The session will address some of the main issues surrounding competition policy vis-à-vis state-owned enterprises (SOEs) or what is sometimes called “government-linked monopolies”. It will share selected national good practices promoting competitive neutrality, among others from the work of OECD and UNCTAD’s Research Partnership Platform.

For more information and register for the conference, please go the event website: http://acc5.info/

About the speaker: Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan

Dr. Anh Tuan Nguyen leads the firm’s Competition and Bio-Pharmaceutical specialty group. This specialty group has broad practical experience in antitrust and unfair competition matters, including compliance training and the review of contractual arrangements, corporate restructuring, advertising and market entry strategies, along with specific experience in dispute settlement relating to competition claims. Multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, FMCG and consumer goods industries regularly seek Dr. Nguyen’s expert advice in matters concerning importation, distribution, sales and competition. Dr Nguyen is recognized by the legal community as one of the few qualified competition law experts in Vietnam who has an in-depth understanding of international antitrust regulations and their application under the Vietnamese Competition Law. In 2014, his specialty group received recognition from Finance Monthly as Antitrust/Competition Law Firm of the Year. He is one of firm’s co-founders.

For more information and register for the conference, please go the event website: http://acc5.info/

If you have any question regarding to the Conference, please do not hesitate to contact 1. Ms. Tran Thi Minh Phuong Mobile: +94 9127 38 230 Email: phuongttm@moit.gov.vn 2. Ms. Vu Thi Thanh Mai Mobile: +94 9361 085 33 Email: maivth@moit.gov.vn

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