CCC meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation, Suriname
CCC meets with Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation, Suriname
The CCC together with CAHFSA met with the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation, Suriname and his team on Friday 23rd February 2024. Fruitful discussions were held wherein the Hon. Minister reaffirmed the commitment of Suriname to the CARICOM and the regional institutions to which Suriname is host. Discussions centered around improvements of hosting arrangements for the two CARICOM Institutions, compliance with the obligations of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and proposals of the recent RCCI consultancy, expected to be raised at the upcoming Conference of Heads of CARICOM Government. The meeting concluded with assurances that further collaboration would be on the table as Suriname, CCC and CAHFSA work towards strengthening regional integration.
Paramaribo, 23 February 2024
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Final episode of CCC Conversations now available
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Final Episode of "CCC Conversations" Video Series Featuring Interview with Mr. David Miller
Paramaribo, 12 December 2023 – To conclude the activities marking its 15th anniversary, the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) announces the release of the final episode of its video series, ‘CCC Conversations’. This last episode features an insightful interview with Mr. David Miller, the Executive Director of the Jamaica Fair Trading Commission since November 2008.
"The 15th anniversary of the Commission is a significant milestone, and we are delighted to share this moment with stakeholders across the region through the final episode of 'CCC Conversations,'" said Mr. Nestor Alfred, Commissioner at the Commission. "Mr. David Miller's insights offer a unique perspective on the challenges faced by small national competition authorities and underscore the importance of our role as a regional competition authority within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME)."
As the 15th-anniversary celebrations end, the Commission extends an invitation to the public to anticipate the release of its strategic plan for the years 2024-2026. The strategic plan will outline the institution’s priority initiatives to further enhance competition enforcement and consumer protection in the CSME.
To watch the final episode of "CCC Conversations" featuring Mr. David Miller, the previous two episodes with competition expert Dr. Eleanor Fox and Ms. Teresa Moreira of UNCTAD and to learn more about the Commission's 15th-anniversary productions, please visit our official YouTube channel or our LinkedIn and Facebook social media pages. The see the full press release you can also click here.
Second episode of CCC Conversations now available
CARICOM Competition Commission Unveils Second Episode of CCC Conversations: Exploring the Role of Competition Law and Policy with UNCTAD's Teresa Moreira
The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) continues to engage and educate the public with the launch of the second episode of its video series, "CCC Conversations." This episode features an exclusive interview with Ms. Teresa Moreira, the Head of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Ms. Moreira's expertise, spanning her illustrious career in competition law and policy, promises an enlightening discussion on the significance of these principles in developing countries, particularly those in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
In this episode of "CCC Conversations," Ms. Teresa Moreira shares her invaluable insights into the role of competition law and policy in developing countries, with a specific focus on the CSME region. The conversation explores various facets, including:
- The critical importance of competition law in fostering fair and competitive markets in developing countries like those in the CSME.
- The synergies between competition and industrial policies for advancing economic development.
- The pivotal role of regional competition authorities in facilitating regional integration movements.
The second episode of "CCC Conversations" promises to be a thought-provoking dialogue, highlighting the immense potential that competition law and policy hold for the development of the CSME Member States. Watch the episode on our YouTube channel HERE.
CCC and CXC to host Youth Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection
CARICOM COMPETITION COMMISSION AND CXC® TO CONVENE A REGIONAL VIRTUAL YOUTH CONFERENCE ON COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW
Paramaribo, 09 November 2023 - This year the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2023 and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC®) celebrates its 50th Anniversary. The two CARICOM Regional institutions are jointly convening a regional virtual youth conference on competition and consumer protection law and policy.
The conference theme is "The Importance of Competition and Consumer Laws and Policies to the CSME Regional Integration Movement" and is scheduled for 21st November 2023 at 8.30am CST (Belize), 9.30am EST (Jamaica), 10.30am ECT, and 11.30am SRT (Suriname).
The Conference targets students completing Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC®) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) subjects with CARICOM and economics components. The presentations delivered will link theoretical concepts to real world application of competition and consumer protection law and policy.
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Launch of the first episode of CCC Conversations
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Paramaribo, 29th September 2023. The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) proudly announces the celebration of its 15th anniversary, a significant milestone in its mission to promote fair competition and foster economic growth within the Caribbean region. To commemorate this achievement, CCC is delighted to launch "CCC Conversations", an engaging video series that will provide insights through the eyes of international and regional experts into the world of competition policy and enforcement in the Caribbean.
For more information about the CCC and to watch the first episode of "CCC Conversations" featuring Dr. Eleanor Fox, please visit our website our social media platforms or click here. Stay tuned for further episodes!
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CCC Completes Preliminary Assessment of LPG Markets
20 July 2023
The CARICOM Competition Commission (“the Commission”) has concluded a preliminary assessment of a pricing matter related to the market for Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG, commonly known as “cooking gas”) in two Member States of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
The preliminary assessment commenced in October 2021 through the Commission’s internal review of the relevant markets in Guyana and Barbados based on information received, which was followed in April 2022 by requests for national preliminary examination reports from the Member States’ national competition commissions. The national competition authorities submitted their respective reports of their national markets in September 2022 and April 2023. On this basis, the Commission has now concluded its preliminary assessment as required under Article 176 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC).
The Commission finds there to be insufficient evidence of both (i) any likely price collusion at the import level in the respective Member States and (ii) cross-border effects. As such, a full regional investigation in the LPG markets of the relevant Member States may not be warranted at this time. In this instance, the relevant national competition authorities may take further action in accordance with their enabling national legislation and keep the LPG market under continued surveillance given the preliminary signs that price collusion could be a plausible concern.
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CCC and CTU to host webinar on consumer protection
The CCC and CTU invites interested persons to attend the Webinar on Consumer Protection in Telecoms. The Webinar seeks to disseminate valuable information, promote awareness and facilitate an interactive platform for stakeholders to engage with US FCC and CARICOM experts.
For more information about the Webinar and registration click here.
CCC Close out Consumer Conference
CARICOM Competition Commission and Commonwealth Conference on Enforcement Practices and Emerging Trends in Consumer Protection
The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) is pleased to announce a closing conference to its Online Consumer Protection Course for consumer protection officials and competition officials in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), to be held virtually on 15th June 2023, at 11am ECT or 4pm UK.
The conference will feature expert speakers on Enforcement and Redress – Jason Freeman, UK Competition and Markets Authority, Sasha Gaye-Russell, Jamaica Consumer Affairs Commission, and include an overview of new proposals by the CARICOM Secretariat’s Ms. Cecila Melville for financial consumer protection. CCC’s Mr. Rommell Hippolyte will introduce the segment with a look at assessment tools for consumer detriment.
Emerging Trends in the Digital Economy for consumer protection will be the main focus of the session with Professor Dr. Archana Gulati presenting on developments in India; Dr. Iris Benöhr of Queen Mary University on consumer credit and debt in the UK and EU; and Ms. Vashti Maharaj of the Commonwealth speaking to consumer issues in data protection and cybersecurity. CCC’s Ms. Nievia Ramsundar will support the segment with an overview of key legislative issues for protection of the digital consumer.
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CCC and Commonwealth Secretariat hosts Consumer Protection Webinar
CARICOM Competition Commission and Commonwealth to host a Consumer Protection Webinar
The CARICOM Competition Commission in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat will host a webinar on consumer protection law and policy on 3 May 2023 at 11:00 – 12:30 pm Eastern Caribbean Time.
The webinar aims to build the capacity of policymakers, government officials, lawyers, private businesses, consumer advocates, and anyone with an interest in enhancing consumer welfare in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and beyond. Participants will gain insights from experts on the principles of consumer protection law and policy from international and regional perspectives, and the consumer protection framework in the CSME.
The event also forms part of the Commission’s online Introductory Consumer Protection Law and Policy in the CSME, which aims to support the achievement of the Single Market by promoting a harmonised approach to consumer protection in the region. Participants of the online course will, therefore, have an opportunity to interact with some of the course facilitators. The second consumer protection webinar will be held on 15 June 2023.
- Ms. Iris Benohr, Senior Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Competition and Consumers (ICC)
- Ms. Tyra Bakker, Legal Officer at the Guyana Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission
- Mr. Marc Jones, Senior Legal Counsel at the CARICOM Competition Commission
For Information on the Commonwealth Secretariat, its mandate and work in the Commonwealth, you can visit https://thecommonwealth.org/, or view their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.
To register for the event click here.
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CCC launches online introductory competition course
CARICOM COMPETITION COMMISSION LAUNCHES ONLINE COURSE IN COMPETITION LAW AND POLICY IN THE CSME”
Article 173.2 (g) and (h) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas RTC) mandates the CARICOM Competition Commission (Commission) to: facilitate the exchange of relevant information and expertise; and develop and disseminate information about competition policy, and consumer protection policy.
Pursuant to this Treaty mandate, the Commission is pleased to announce the launch of its online course on competition law and policy in the CSME. The online programme commenced on April 18, 2023. It offers training in competition law and its benefits to consumers and the regional economy. Its eight modules cover aspects such as the objectives, legal pillars, and basic economics of competition law. Specific to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) the course also presents the competition regimes and the relationships between the various institutions and the courts of the region.
- CCC and Commonwealth Secretariat launch online consumer protection course
- CCC and Guyana Bar Association to host Competition law and Consumer Protection Webinar
- CCC to discuss competition and consumer law on the panel of the ICC Inaugural Conference
- CCC and CXC sign MOU to educate the youth in competition and consumer law