This activity will be a capacity building workshop aiming to improve APEC economies’ knowledge of and capacities to use Competition Self- Assessments to analyse policies affecting competition. This workshop will be held in Nha Trang, Viet Nam, in February 2017 at the margins of SOM 1 2017.
Establishing a framework of competition law and liberalising sectors is important, but so is assessing the competitive effects of government regulations. The 2015 Structural Reform Ministerial Statement provided that Competition Self Assessments are one of several tools economies should use to advance structural reform. The Competition Self-Assessments could also be used to support economies’ individual action plans under the Renewed APEC Agenda for Structural Reform (RAASR) 2016-2020. Government regulations can be essential to protect public health and safety, and to achieve other important public policy goals. However, regulations may at times also create barriers to competition or raise entry costs, leading to increased costs and lessening opportunities for innovation and growth. As a result, these barriers can result in a decrease in productivity and negatively impact consumer welfare, which studies show affect poor and disadvantaged populations the most. Regulatory barriers that restrict competition can be found across all economies, and Competition Assessments provide analyses of policies and regulations that may intentionally or unintentionally create obstacles for businesses to compete in markets. Building from this understanding, economies can develop less restrictive policies and regulations that achieve policy goals while still promoting competition.