CCI plans cooperation pacts with EU, Australia regulators
New Delhi: Country's fair trade regulator CCI is planning to enter into treaties with peers in European Union and Australia, among others, to strengthen international cooperation and exchange of global best practices.
Besides, an agreement between the fair trade regulators of BRICS countries is also in pipeline, Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairman Ashok Chawla said in an interview.
The CCI, which keeps a tab on anti-competitive practices in the country, has already signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with its peers in the US and Russia.
"The idea is to pursue a few more MoUs in the coming months," Chawla said.
"The ones in the pipelines are with the European Union, which is in advanced stages, and Australia," he said, while adding that the regulations are very strong in these two regions when it comes to competition and consumer issues.
"Also, there is in the pipeline an agreement within the BRICS countries," he said.
The concept of competition law is relatively new in India, compared to many other jurisdictions and CCI is working on ways to improve and ensure the implementation of such norms across different sectors, he said.
With such agreements and co-operation, Chawla said newer agencies like CCI, would benefit from knowing the best international practices.
"The MoUs help a lot as they provide you an umbrella where you can forward the interactions in a systematic manner. At times, there is a probability of our experts going there and getting access to their resources and good practices," the CCI chief said.
In September last year, CCI inked a pact on anti-trust cooperation pact with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the US, pursuant to which the two regulatory authorities can help each other on effective enforcement of competition laws and policies.
Going by estimates, there are more than 100 competition regulatory agencies worldwide.
Chawla said a fair amount of interactions always happen between competition regulators from different nations.
"There is an International Competition Network (ICN). The network meets once a year and in 2013, the conference would be in Poland. In 2012, it was in Brazil," Chawla said.
Besides regulators, two major global bodies -- Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) -- also carry out various activities to foster healthy competition on a global level.