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Friday, January 9, 2009

Eighth Global Forum on Competition

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The OECD will host the Eighth Global Forum on Competition in Paris on February 19-20, 2009.

-- Draft agenda --
(As at 15 December 2008)
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Thursday 19 February 2009
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Thursday Morning

Opening (1/2 hour: 9.30-10am)
OECD Secretary General: Angel GURRIA

Keynote Speaker: Dominique STRAUSS KAHN (Managing Director, IMF)

Session I (3 hours: 10am-1pm)
ROUNDTABLE ON COMPETITION POLICY, INDUSTRIAL POLICY AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Possible topics for discussion
•The relationship between competition policy and industrial policy.
•When do they serve each other, when do they conflict?
•Is there a role for national champions?
•Do different considerations apply to developing or small economies?

Thursday Afternoon
Session II (3 hours: 3-6pm)
COMPETITION POLICY AND THE INFORMAL ECONOMY
Possible topics for discussion
•What is the impact of the informal economy on competition?
•Does the informal economy hamper economic growth because of its lower productivity?
•Are foreign investors deterred by a large informal economy which competes unfairly by paying no taxes?
•Is the informal economy outside the reach of competition authorities?
Speakers:
•Luiz DE MELLO (OECD, Economics Department)
•Taimoon STEWART (Trinidad &Tobago)
•William LEWIS (formerly McKinsey)

Friday 20 February 2009
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Friday Morning

Session III (3 ½ hours: 9.30am-1pm)
CHALLENGES FACED BY YOUNG COMPETITION AUTORITIES
1. Presentations in Plenary (1 hour: 9.30-10.30)
2. Breakout sessions (2 hours: 10.30-12.30am)
Session IV (½ hour: 12.30-1pm)

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Friday Afternoon

Session V (2 ½ hours: 3-5.30pm)
THE ROLE OF COMPETITION AUTHORITIES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ECONOMIC CRISES
1. Focus on the food crisis
2. The financial crisis
3. The energy crisis

Session VI (½ hour: 5.30-6pm)
EVALUATION AND FUTURE WORK

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