Competition Commission of Pakistan initiates 15 inquiries in anti competitive practices, issues 7 orders, Competition Consultative Group members informed

Islamabad, April 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): The participants of the 21st meeting of the Competition Consultative Group (CCG) held today at the CCP head office, were briefed on the CCP’s performance and were informed that a number of enforcement initiatives have been taken to address competition concerns in various important sectors of the economy.

Ever since the process of appointment of Members was completed and full time Chairperson was appointed in December 2014, CCP has significantly speeded up its enforcement activities. CCP has passed 7 orders, initiated 15 inquiries with 10 pertaining to cartels and trade abuses and 5 related to deceptive marketing practices, issued 24 exemptions to agreements that affect competition, and held 14 hearings including a public hearings between January and March 2015.

The inquiries include: looking into the reasons for the unreasonable price hike of essential commodities; why the global decrease in petroleum prices have not reflected in the price of transportation of people and goods; the possible cartelisation in the LPG, cement, and poultry feed sectors.

Under its mandate to review mergers and acquisitions that substantially lessen competition, CCP cleared 16 pre-merger applications in the quarter. Out of these, two pertaining to GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis were taken to a second phase review to analyse competition concerns before being cleared with certain structural remedies. The participants were given a detailed presentation on the GSK-Novartis vaccine merger.

Mr. Moazzam Ali, Transaction Manager, Privatization Commission of Pakistan gave a presentation on the privatisation programme, an important topic of discussion in the current economic scenario of Pakistan.

The meeting was well attended and the participants included Mr. Saeed Ahmad, Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Syed Ahmed Iqbal Ashraf, President NBP, Ms. Anjum Ibrahim, Resident Editor, Business Recorder, representatives from regulatory bodies including OGRA, NEPRA, PTA, PPRA, PEMRA and SECP, business executives and members of the donor community.

Vadiyya Khalil, the Chairperson CCP, and Members Dr. Joseph Wilson, Mueen Batlay, Dr. Shahzad Ansar and Ikram Ul Haq Qureshi were present in the meeting and briefed the participants on the mandate and performance of CCP. in general, valuable suggestions were given by the participants. Vadiyya Khalil, the Chairperson CCP, thanked the participants of the meeting and appreciated their contribution and input to CCP on its enforcement mandate.

For more information, contact:
Asfandyar Khattak
Director (Media and Communications)
Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP)
7th Floor South, ISE Towers,
55-B, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9100260-3, +92-51-9100256
Fax: +92-51-9100251
Email: akhattak@cc.gov.pk
Website: www.cc.gov.pk

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