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Date 28-29 September 2020    Virtual zoom meeting      

The Latin American and Caribbean Competition Forum brings together high-level competition officials each year to promote dialogue, consensus building and networking among policy makers and enforcers in the region. The 2020 will take place virtually in view of the COVID-19 situation. All related documentation will become available on this page. 

Agenda

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2019 Latin American and Caribbean Competition Forum

Session 1. Digital Evidence Gathering in Cartel Investigations

The advent of digitalisation has radically changed the way governments operate in a number of areas, including the detection of crime and illicit conduct and the enforcement of the law. Competition law enforcement is no exception and digital tools can be used for detection, collection of evidence and to make the enforcement of competition law more effective. Whilst companies create, store and use digital information more and more in their daily activities, competition agencies around the world use digital tools more and more in their daily enforcement activities.

This session will focus on the challenges faced by competition authorities in collecting evidence with digital instruments in cartel investigations as well as on the more practical considerations on evidence gathering in the digital era. It will also explore the challenges faced with the use and adoption of specific tools and in the reorganisation of human resources, such as by hiring specialists, creating dedicated internal unit, setting up of collaboration with external experts (e.g. computer and data scientists) or delivering dedicated digital staff training. Finally, this roundtable will identify the best practices that competition authorities can adopt when dealing with collection and protection of the evidence, the availability of searchable data, the procedure to guarantee confidential information, coordination within teams and allocation of resources.

Background documentation

Issues Note by the Secretariat • Call for contributions

Speaker

Dirk Van Erps Bio 
Adviser to the Deputy Director General for Antitrust & Cartels, European Commission 

Contributions from participants

Brazil

Costa Rica (COPROCOM and SUTEL)

Colombia

Ecuador

Mexico (COFECE)

Peru

Portugal

Spain 

United States

UNCTAD

 

Suggested bibliography and related links

 

Session 2. Peer Review of Ecuador's Competition Law and Policy

The mechanisms of peer review vary, but it is founded upon the willingness of a country to submit its laws and policies to substantive questioning by other peers. The process provides valuable insights into the country under study, getting to the heart of ways in which each country deals with competition and regulatory issues, from the soundness of its competition laws to the structure and effectiveness of its competition institutions. In 2020, Ecuador's competition law and policy will be subject to such a review. The final report, including recommendations to strengthen Ecuador's competition framework will be launched in 2021. 

 

Previous Peer Reviews in Latin American countries


2007 Follow-up Peer Reviews of
Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
Mexico and Peru
Follow-up to the Nine Peer Reviews of Competition Law and Policy of Latin American Countries - cover‌ 
2012 Follow-up Peer Reviews of
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico,
Panama and Peru

2020 Peer Review of Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

Peer Review of Peru, 2018

Peer Review of Costa Rica, 2014

Peer Review of Honduras, 2011

Competition Law and Policy in Latin America

 

Full list of OECD countries reviews of competition policy framework 

Other virtual zoom meeting

30 September 2020: Meeting of the Latin American Regional Centre for Competition (CRC)

30 September 2020: Ibero-American Forum on Competition 

    

This conference is a paper-smart event organised in line with OECD greening policies.
Only copies of the programme will be available in the meeting room.