WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition Policy: Development and International Co-orporation Issues
AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to set out the range of views expressed in the Working Group on the I nteraction between Trade and Competition Policy on the above-noted maltersand to reflect on the issues raised in the debates. To place this material in context, brief reference is also made to: (i) the matter of how and why competition policy came to be on the WTO agenda: and (ii) existing provisions of the WTO Agreements relating to competition policy. In addition, infonnation is provided on proposals that I have been put forward by some WTO Members for enhanced coo perati on on a multilateral framework in relation to competition policy in the WTO. More specifically, Part 1 provides background on the question of how and why the matter of competition policy came to be part of the WTO's current poli cy agenda and on existing provisions of the WTO Agreements relating to competition policy Part II sets out the relevant provisions of the Singapore Ministerial Declaration of December 1996 which established the Working Group on the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy. Part HI summarizes highlights of the discussions in the WTO Working Group on the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy on the role and implementation of competiti on policy in developing economies. Part IV refers hriefly to aspects of the proposal s that have heen put fo rward by some Members for enhanced cooperation on competition policy in the WTO. Part V provides concluding reflections.