Friday, June 19, 2015

Promoting Effective Competition Policies for Shared Prosperity and Inclusive Growth

Promoting Effective Competition Policies for Shared Prosperity and Inclusive Growth

June 23, 2015

Event details

  • Where:  Room MC 13-121, World Bank, 1818 H street NW, Washington, DC
  • When:  9:00am-6:30pm, June 23, 2015
  • CONTACT:                         Martha Martinez Licetti                                                          

In partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank Group is hosting a full-day conference to explore the role of competition policy as a tool to promote more sustainable and inclusive economic growth.


As part of the World Bank Group's Global Engagement on Competition Policy, this conference will include leading academics, policy makers, and practitioners from across the world, as well as senior officials from international organizations. This event will contribute to inform the joint efforts of the Trade & Competitiveness and Poverty Global Practices of the World Bank Group to understand the relationship between (lack of) competition and the Bank Group's twin goals.

This conference follows an international call for papers to foster empirical research in order to better understand the effects of lack of competition on welfare and contribute to World Bank Group’s efforts towards increasing effectiveness  of competition policy implementation in client countries. 

In addition, this one-day event will feature a roundtable discussion of award-winning stories from the 2014-2015 Competition Advocacy Contest: Inclusive growth for shared prosperity organized by the World Bank Group in collaboration with the International Competition Network (ICN). 

8:30 – 9:00Coffee and registration
9:00 – 9:10 Welcoming remarks and overview of the day Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, the World Bank Group
9:10 – 10:40 Session I: Competition and Economic Welfare (Moderator: Jose Guilherme Reis, Manager of the Trade Practice, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, the World Bank Group & Ania Thiemann, Global Relations Manager, Competition Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD) 
  • Microeconomic Policies, Macroeconomic Implications 
  • Competition Policy as a tool to foster shared prosperity and inclusive Growth 
  • Effects of market power on poverty and distribution of wealth
Beatriz de Guindos, Alternate Executive Director at the World Bank Group and former Deputy Director at the Spanish Commission of Markets and Competition
Adriaan Dierx, Principal Administrator, Directorate for Competition of the European Commission (EU) and co-author Janos Varga, Economist, Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (EU)
Sean F. Ennis, Senior Economist, Competition Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
Martha M. Licetti, Competition Policy Global Lead, Trade & Competitiveness, the World Bank Group
Diego Petrecolla, Former President of the Competition Commission of Argentina
Carlos Urzúa, Professor of Economics, ITESM
Mexico Tara Vishwanath, Lead Economist, Poverty Global Practice, the World Bank Group
11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Session II: Effects of antitrust enforcement on shared prosperity and inclusive growth (Moderator: Cecile Fruman, Director of the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank Group & Allan Fels, Professor at the University of Melbourne and Former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, ACCC) 
  • Antitrust enforcement as a tool for private sector development 
  • Gains and losses of antitrust enforcement in key economic sectors 
  • The true impact of cartels: quantifying actual damages
Tania Begazo, Senior Economist, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, WBG
John Connor, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University
Eleanor M. Fox, Professor of Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law
Marc Ivaldi, Professor at the University of Toulouse
Russell Pittman, Director of Economic Research, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice
Daniel Sokol, Professor, University of Florida and University of Melbourne
Thando Vilakazi, Researcher at Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), South Africa
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Session III: Effects of procompetitive sector regulations on shared prosperity and inclusive growth (Moderator: John Davies, Head of the Competition Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD & Klaus Tilmes, Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, the World Bank Group) 
  • Achieving shared prosperity through pro-competitive policies, 
  • Bridging innovation, trade and competition 
  • Tackling anticompetitive effects in key sectors: agribusiness, telecommunications and retail
Tim Buthe, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University
Paulo Correa, Secretary, Secretariat of Accompanying Economic Measures of Brazil (SEAE)
Francine Lafontaine, Chief Economist, United States Federal Trade Commission
Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Georgiana Pop, Economist, Competition Policy Cluster
Loraine Ronchi, Global Solutions Leader, Agribusiness, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, the World Bank Group
Alain de Serres, Head of Structural Policies Surveillance Division, Economics Department, OECD
Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist, LAC Region, the World Bank Group
16:00 – 16:20 Coffee break
16:20 – 18:00 Session IV: Building a Culture of Competition and Open Markets for Private Sector Development and Economic Growth (Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, the World Bank Group & Alessandra Tonazzi, Co-chair of the Advocacy Working Group, International Competition Network and Head of International Relations at the Italian Competition Commission) 
  • Promoting pro-competitive reforms that foster growth and reduce inequality 
  • Promoting awareness of competition benefits in a time of crisis 
  • Promoting cooperation with relevant public bodies in order to balance other public interests with competition goals
Luminita Arama, Head of External Relations, Competition Council of Moldova
Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner, Competition Commission of South Africa
Santiago Davila Philippon, Economic Editor, El Comercio Peru
Francisco Díaz Rodriguez, Superintendent, Superintendence of Competition of El Salvador
Dana Heller, Head of Competition Division, Israel Antitrust Authority
Juan Pablo Herrera Saavedra, Chief Economist, Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, Colombia
Francis Kariuki, Director General, Competition Authority of Kenya
Teemu Karttunen, Senior Research Officer, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority
Dimitrios Loukas, Vice-Chairman, Hellenic Competition Commission
Charlotte Wezi Malonda, Executive Director, Competition and Fair Trading Commission of Malawi
Eduardo Martínez Chombo, Commissioner, Federal Commission of Economic Competition of Mexico
Udai S Mehta, Director, CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment& Economic Regulation (CUTS CCIER)
Maria João Melícias, Member of the Board, Portuguese Competition Authority
Ming Jie Ng, Senior Assistant Director, Competition Commission of Singapore
Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, United States Federal Trade Commission
Hilmar Thordarson, Director of Administration, Icelandic Competition Authority Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation
19:00 WBG Competition Advocacy Contest
Cocktail Reception

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