March 22-24, 2007, Thursday - Saturday
New Delhi, India
 

 

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Organised By



THE SYMPOSIUM IS PART OF A CUTS RESEARCH PROJECT
“COMPETITION, REGULATION AND DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH FORUM” (CDRF)

 
March 22-24, 2007, Thursday - Saturday
New Delhi, India
 
 
Who Attended the Symposium?                                                                                             
The Symposium focused and targeted towards:
 
Government Officials Policymakers
Civil Society Organisations Business & Industry
Regulatory Authorities Academia/Researchers
Competition Authorities Media
Inter-governmental Agencies  
 

Geographical Coverage of CDRF                                                                                          The Research Papers discussed during the Symposium covered the experiences of the following countries:

Africa:   Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,  Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela

Caribbean:

Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago
Central America:  El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama
Europe:    Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Russia, Serbia, Turkey

                Language                                                                                                                               
 
All working sessions and conference materials were in English. 

 

The Symposium

The Symposium was organised to deliberate on research findings that emerged in the first cycle of the CDRF Project. Research papers focusing on political economy and governance constraints that developing countries face in implementing their competition and regulatory regimes were discussed at the symposium.

The programme was spread over two and half days and witnessed the presence of dignitaries from around the globe. The Inaugural session took place in the presence of several renowned people like C Rangarajan (Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India), Supachai Panitchpakdi (Secretary General, UNCTAD), Dr. Frederic Jenny (Judge, Supreme Court, France), and Dr. Nitin Desai (Former Under-Secretary-General of UN, India).

The second and third day of the symposium (i.e. March 23rd and 24th, 2007) on interactive deliberations on substantive issues in a focused manner. The sessions were structured in the form of panel discussions for the research papers, where authors made presentations on key findings of their papers. This was followed by comments from panellists and participants, thus making each session very interactive.

Parallel sessions, corresponding to the three sectors: electricity, telecom and financial services, was organised on the third day of the Symposium. The Symposium provided an opportunity for reflection on a wider range of views. Eminent experts from across the globe including political-economists, policy makers, government officials, representatives of competition and regulatory authorities, participated in the Reserach Symposium.

For those who missed out on attending the momentous two and a half day research symposium, here is another opportunity. You can now watch archived webcast of the programme at the given link: http://www.circ.in Don't Miss this Opportunity!!

A snapshot of the issues emerging out of the 20 odd papers short listed under the First Research Cycle of the project and which were presented during the Symposium have been captured in a Research Discussion Note available at:
www.circ.in/pdf/ResearchDiscussion_Note.pdf

 

What did the Symposium Achieve?

The papers and deliberations at the symposium helped identify approaches that could be useful for developing countries in tackling the various political-economy constraints. The Symposium facilitated deliberations on approaches/recommendations that emerged from the research findings. It also brought forth the policy relevant issues that emerged in the context of political economy constraints in developing countries.

It further sought to facilitate interactive discussion on substantive issues, which developing countries face in implementing their competition and regulatory regimes. The Symposium also provided a platform to the research community from the developing world to showcase their research and facilitate peer review of their work by renowned experts. Besides, it served to exchange knowledge and experience between the North and the South and strengthened cooperation between experts and practitioners working on political economy of regulatory regimes in developing countries.

What did the Symposium Cover?

  • Political Economy Constraints in Competition and Regulatory Regimes: The session focused on political-economic constraints that affects the adoption and effective implementation of competition and regulatory regimes in developing countries. The discussions explored measures to integrate and address political economy concerns in the design and implementation of regulatory regimes in the developing world.

  • Constraints faced by Competition & Regulatory Agencies: Regulatory agencies in developing countries may be susceptible to ‚regulatory capture™ by the regulated industry, or to‚ political capture™ by the government. The session discussed such constraints faced by regulatory authorities and explored an appropriate strategy for regulators in the developing world.

  • Efficiency and Effectiveness of Competition & Regulatory Agencies: Several factors exist that have a varying degree of influence on the functioning of regulatory agencies in developing countries and affect their efficiency and effectiveness. This session dealt with such issues and identified appropriate measures to enhance efficiency and efficacy of regulatory agencies.

  • Competition and Regulatory Regimes in Small Economies: This session focused on institutional issues in implementing competition and regulatory regimes in small developing economies, where economies of scale make it difficult to finance and sustain several agencies.

  • Country Case Studies: The session discussed experiences of select developing countries in implementing competition and regulatory regimes and examined institutional issues in this context. The emphasis was on discussing peculiar economic and social problems the selected countries face and identify appropriate lessons and strategy to ensure effective implementation of competition and regulatory regimes.

  • Sectoral Case Studies: The parallel sessions discussed constraints faced in introducing competition and implementing regulatory regime in Electricity, Telecommunications and Financial Services sectors

List of Panellists (As of March 9, 2007)

A. K. Basu
Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, India

Ajay Shah
Former Consultant, Ministry of Finance, India

Allan Asher
Chief Executive Officer
Energywatch, UK

Anton Eberhard
Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ashley Brown
Executive Director
Harvard Electricity Policy Group
Harvard University, USA

B. K. Zutshi
Former Deputy Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, India

Cassey Lee
Associate Professor
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Cezley Sampson
Regulatory Governance Adviser, Government of Jamaica, Jamaica

Colin Kirkpatrick
Professor, University of Manchester, UK

Deunden Nikomborirak
Research Director
Thailand Development Research Institute, Thailand

Eleanor Fox
Professor
New York University School of Law, USA

Frederic Jenny
Judge, French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation)
France

George Lipimile
Executive Director
Zambia Competition Commission, Zambia

John Preston
DFID, UK

Joseph Seon Hur
Senior Consultant
Yoon Yang Kim Shin & Yu Korea

Kirit Parikh*
Member,Planning Commission of India

Leonardo Burlamaqui*
Program Officer
The Ford Foundation, USA

Mahesh Uppal
Director Telecommunications and Computer Information System, India

Malathy Knight John
Research Fellow
Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka

Mariana Tavares de Araujo
General Coordinator
Secretariat of Economic Law Ministry of Justice, Brazil

Max Everest-Phillips
DFID, UK

Michal S. Gal
Senior Lecturer
University of Haifa, Israel

Mona Yassine
Chairperson
Egyptian Competition Authority, Egypt

Nitin Desai
Former Under-Secretary-General of UN, India

Nripendra Misra
Chaiman
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, India

Peter Muchoki Njoroge
Commissioner
Monopolies & Prices Commission, Kenya

Phillipe Brusick
Former
Head
Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, UNCTAD
Geneva

Pierre Jacquet
Executive Director & Chief
Economist
Agence Francaise de Development, France

Pranab Bardhan
Professor
University of California, Berkley, USA

R. Shyam Khemani
Advisor, Competition Policy, Private Sector Development-Vice Presidency
The World Bank Group, USA

S L Rao
Chairman
Institute for Social and Economic Change, India

S Sundar
Distinguished Fellow
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India

Santiago Roca
Profesor Principal
Universidad ESAN, Peru

Scott Jacobs
Managing Director
Jacobs and Associates, USA

Shailesh Pathak
Head, PPP Initivative, IDFC

Simon Evenett
Professor Universität St. Gallen, Switzerland

Steve Thomas
Professor Public Services International Research Unit, UK

Suman Bery
Director General
National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India

T L Sankar
Administrative Staff College of India, India

Urmila Bhoola
Competition Tribunal
South Africa

V K Dhall
Member Competition Commission of India, India