ICN Annual Conference 2018

Last Date of Registration
was 5th March 2018

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Welcome Message from Chairperson, CCI

Since inception, International Competition Network (ICN) has provided competition authorities with a formal but specialized platform for working towards convergence of sound competition policy and practice. The thrust on consensus and dynamic dialogue is the hallmark of its working which attracts the Global Competition Community.

The ICN members and Non-governmental Advisors (NGAs) through the ICN Working Groups have generated lot of material and papers. ICN guidance has proved to be beneficial not only to the young competition authorities but also the mature jurisdictions. The Annual Conference has become an important discussion platform where all the ideas, projects, thoughts converge and practical competition concerns are addressed.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is pleased to invite the Global Competition Community to the ICN Annual Conference 2018 at New Delhi. This is an opportunity for all of us to strengthen our bonds for promoting and sustaining competition.

Delhi, the venue of the ICN 2018 in our country’s capital, has a rich past and a thriving present. It is a city where the ancient and the modern blend seamlessly together. The labyrinth of narrow lanes, old havelis, and colourful bazaars of Old Delhi and the architectural wonders of the World Heritage monuments – Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, provide a glimpse into the country’s fascinating history.

I invite all of you to register for the Conference on this website and do hope that you make the best of your time at the Conference and experience the richness of Delhi.


21st March 2018

Starting at :


The Ashok Hotel

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

About US

About The International Competition Network (ICN)

International Competition Network (ICN) was set up with a view to create more effective enforcement of antitrust law in the context of economic globalization. The ICN serves to share experiences and exchange views on competition issues deriving from an ever- increasing globalisation of the world economy, as well as to encourage the dissemination of antitrust experience and best practices, promote the advocacy role of antitrust agencies and seek to facilitate international cooperation. Its members represent national and multinational competition authorities.

The ICN provides competition authorities with a specialized yet informal venue for maintaining regular contacts and addressing practical competition concerns. This allows for a dynamic dialogue that serves to build consensus and convergence towards sound competition policy principles across the global antitrust community.

ICN work takes place in project-oriented working groups, with members and nongovernmental advisors (NGAs) conducting discussions, typically via teleconference or e- mail, and by holding interactive workshops. Current ICN Working Groups are:

1. Cartel Working Group

The mandate of the Cartel Working Group is to address the challenges of anti-cartel enforcement, including the prevention, detection, investigation and punishment of cartel conduct.

The Cartel Working Group is co-chaired by Brazil's CADE, South African Competition Commission, and Directorate General for Competition, European Commission.

The Cartel Working Group consists of two subgroups: Subgroup 1 co-chaired by Turkish Competition Authority and Hungarian Competition Authority. Subgroup 2 co-chaired by Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and Italian Competition Authority.

2. Merger Working Group

The mission of the ICN Merger Working Group is to promote the adoption of best practices in the design and operation of merger review regimes in order to: (i) enhance the effectiveness of each jurisdiction's merger review mechanisms; (ii) facilitate procedural and substantive convergence; and (iii) reduce the public and private time and cost of multijurisdictional merger reviews.

The Merger Working Group is co-chaired by Japan Fair Trade Commission, US Federal Trade Commission, the Autorité de la Concurrence (France) and United Kingdom Competition & Markets Authority.

3. Unilateral Conduct Working Group

The ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group (UCWG) primary objectives are to examine the challenges involved in analyzing unilateral conduct of dominant firms and firms with substantial market power, facilitate greater understanding of the issues involved in analyzing unilateral conduct, and to promote greater convergence and sound enforcement of laws governing unilateral conduct.

The Unilateral Conduct Working Group is co-chaired by Italian Competition Authority, US Department of Justice and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

4. Advocacy Working Group

The mission of the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is to undertake projects, develop practical tools and guidance, and facilitate experience-sharing among ICN member agencies, in order to improve the effectiveness of ICN members in advocating the dissemination of competition principles and to promote the development of a competition culture.

The Advocacy Working Group is co-chaired by Swedish Competition Authority, Competition Commission of Singapore and Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE).

5. Agency Effectiveness Working Group

The mission of the Agency Effectiveness Working Group (AEWG) is to identify key elements of a well-functioning competition agency and good practices for strategy and planning, operations, and enforcement tools and procedures. AEWG’s mandate is to share experience among ICN members and NGAs and to develop and disseminate good practices for agency effectiveness.

The Agency Effectiveness Working Group is co-chaired by Canadian Competition Bureau, Competition Commission of India and Norwegian Competition Authority.

The ICN holds an Annual Conference which is hosted by a member competition agency. The last such Conference was hosted by Portuguese Competition Authority in May 2017 and Competition Commission of India will be hosting the next conference on 21-23 March 2018.

You can visit its website for further details at www.internationalcompetitionnetwork.org

About Competition Commission of India (CCI), Government of India
Devender Kumar Sikri (Chairperson)
Sudhir Mital (Member)

Augustine Peter (Member)
U. C. Nahta (Member)

Justice G P Mittal (Member)

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is an autonomous body established under the Competition Act, 2002. The Act prohibits anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position by enterprises and regulates combinations (acquisition, acquiring of control and M & A), which cause or are likely to cause an appreciable adverse effect on competition within India.

The objectives of the Act are sought to be achieved through the CCI, which has been established by the Central Government with effect from 14th October 2003. CCI consists of a chairperson and six members appointed by the Central Government.

CCI is mandated to prevent practices having adverse effect on competition, to promote and sustain competition in Indian markets, to protect the interests of consumers and to ensure freedom of trade carried on by other participants in markets, in India, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It is mandated, inter alia, to take suitable measures for the promotion of competition advocacy, creating awareness and imparting training about competition issues. CCI is also required to give its opinion on competition issues on reference received from a statutory authority established under law.

CCI looks into cases of anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominance and to take remedial action, including imposition of penalties against firms engaged in practices that impede free and fair competition in the market.

CCI has Secretary, Director General, and separate Divisions for Antitrust, Combinations (mergers and acquisitions), Law, Economics, International Cooperation, Capacity Building, Advocacy, Human Resource and IT.

For more details, about the Commission, you can visit its website at www.cci.gov.in

Direction to the Venue

The Ashok Hotel, 50-B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021

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