Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase

Proponent : Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), Indonesia
Implementing Agency : PT Misha Cipta Nusantara

Background

Over the years, and with the leadership of the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC), the ASEAN region has made good progress in its efforts towards strengthening competition law enforcement among ASEAN Member States (AMSs). Technical assistance from Japan, including through the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), has been extended since 2008. Most recently through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the project Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region has helped enhance capacities of 263 AMS authorities from competition agencies and other competition-related government agencies to enforce their competition policies and laws (CPL). However, and as informed by this project’s implementation, the recommendations outlined in the ASEAN Capacity Building Roadmap on Competition Policy and Law (2017-2020) , and the ASEAN Competition Action Plan (ACAP) 2025, further work still needs to be done, and hence, the Second Phase of the project.

Under the Second Phase, in addition to contributing to the ACAP 2025 strategic goal of strengthening AMSs’ capacities to effectively implement their CPL, the project will also focus on other strategic goals. These include: establishing effective competition regimes; establishing regional cooperation arrangements on CPL; fostering a competition-aware ASEAN region; and moving towards greater harmonization of CPL in ASEAN.

What is the project aiming for?

Specifically, the project’s contributions to the ACAP 2025 strategic goals include the following main outputs:

  • Training courses and regional workshops on institutional development, enforcement, advocacy, economic analysis/sector studies, related policy areas, and others that will help facilitate the effective implementation of CPL in the region, including staff and expert secondments amongst AMS;
  • Development of peer review guidance for institutional capacity development of AMS competition regime and peer review report;
  • Development of a study on recommended procedures for joint investigations and decisions on cross-border cases; and
  • Development of survey methods and tools, including undertaking national surveys for the ASEAN Competition Business Perception Index.

The AEGC was able to coalesce support for AMS capacity building through… the ASEAN-Japan Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN, in which substantial resources were made available to support ASEAN’s continuing regulatory improvements and building of institutional capacity for enforcement.

2017 Annual Report: ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC)

The project Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region – Second Phase aims to contribute towards “the overarching vision of a competitive, innovative, and dynamic ASEAN with effective and enforceable competition policies and laws” as outlined in the ASEAN Economis Community Blueprint 2025.

A training course on “Strategic Planning and Management of Enforcement Activities” will be convened on 4-7 March 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

27 February 2019