Welcome to the 2013 ICN Cartel Workshop

Tackling Roadblocks to Effective Cartel Enforcement

The Competition Commission of South Africa is hosting the 2013 International Competition Network (ICN) Cartel Workshop, which will be held in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa, from October 16 to 18, with a welcome reception on 15 October 2013.

The ICN is a unique international body devoted exclusively to competition law enforcement and its members represent national and multinational competition authorities. The 2013 Cartel Workshop will be the 10th annual workshop hosted under ICN auspices, and is a continuation of the series of agency-led conferences that began in 1999. This is the second time that an African nation will host this important event, with Egypt having previously organised the Workshop in 2009.

During the three-day Workshop, discussions will focus on strategies to tackle road blocks to effective cartel enforcement. In view of the increasing challenges faced by competition agencies around the globe, this theme is more pertinent than ever.

Topics for discussion may include barriers to effective cooperation and information sharing; alternative means of cartel detections (outside of leniency); case prioritization; challenges with digital evidence gathering; coping with lack of funding and resources; and difficulties in obtaining political support for competition regulation. The Workshop will also focus on issues related to international cooperation in the context of cartel investigations.

The Workshop will build on the foundations of global cartel enforcement by highlighting previous Cartel Working Group work products, including the Anti-Cartel Enforcement Manual.

The Competition Commission of South Africa looks forward to welcoming ICN member agencies and NGAs to Cape Town.

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