The International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group (World Bank Group) have launched the Conference Advocacy Contest from 2019 to 2020. I am pleased. This competition aims to highlight the important role that competition, sector regulators and other governmental or non-governmental organizations are showing in their advocacy success cases to promote competition.
World Bank Group/ICN Competition 2020 contest details
As defined by the ICN, competition advocacy promotes a competitive environment through non-enforcement mechanisms, such as building relationships with government agencies, raising public awareness of the benefits of competition, and identifying and removing anti-competitive policies and regulations. I mean an activity.
They are looking for success stories from competitors, other public agencies, or civil society, showing the practical results of competitive advocacy about:
- Topic 1. Compete for increasingly better jobs: Globalization and technological changes have recently been shown to have contributed to a decline in the labor share of income, and concerns over the economy’s ability to create jobs have created public demand for review of market-based policies. In this context, competing authorities may be required to consider enforcement and advocacy targets such as labor income protection or labor-intensive sectors. This is an opportunity for the authorities to show how competition can open up markets, stimulate growth and create increasingly better (high productivity) jobs.
- Topic 2. Harmonization of industrial policy and competition principles: Competitive authorities often face government plans or initiatives to increase the sector’s competitiveness by creating national champions, providing national assistance, strengthening the presence of state-owned enterprises, and protecting startups or strategic industries. In situations where policymakers can regard competition rules as an obstacle to the implementation of industrial policy, competition authorities face competition where they have to defend the complementary role of these two tools to show how competition principles can improve the effectiveness of such policies. give.
- Topic 3. Promote competition data regulation: Data has become a strategic variable in the digital economy, especially when used as a key input for market engagement, innovation and expansion. New rules related to data use should take into account the issues related to consumer protection and data privacy, as well as the need to provide access and interoperability among market participants. In this context, competitive advocacy can help policymakers define the principles that inform data regulation and identify how markets that rely on data remain competitive.
- Topic 4. Enhancing policy efficiency through better coordination between enforcement and advocacy Competition law enforcement and advocacy play an important and complementary role in achieving competitive market performance. Competitive institutions may initiate enforcement action under advocacy initiatives if they are not enough to overcome market failures. At the same time, competitors can propose proactive advocacy initiatives to expand the impact of enforcement actions.
- Suspicious applicants will be invited to present their stories at joint ICN- World Bank Group events, and the winning articles will be published in the ICN- World Bank Group publication.
- Competitors, sector regulators and other governmental and non-governmental organizations that promote competition policy are welcome at any time.
Submissions are rigorously evaluated against the following criteria:
- Relevance of competition issues solved by the initiative;
- Success of advocacy activities – achieved results;
- Market impacts and impacts, outflow effects and learned lessons;
- Advocacy Strategy – Creativity, Originality, and Distribution of Collaboration Mechanism.
apply For more information visit: ICN-WBG Contest.