Introducción

The Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), together with the National Commission for Protection of Competition (CONACOM) of Paraguay, and with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay, held the IX Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Competition of Latin America and the Caribbean (WGTC) in Asunción, Paraguay, on 3 and 4 October 2019.

Background

Through a joint convocation made by the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), regional seminars on trade and competition in Latin America and the Caribbean were conducted in April 2009 and May 2010 in Caracas and Brasilia, respectively. Both meetings were attended by authorities in charge of trade and competition of the Member States of SELA, as well as officials of UNCTAD and other multilateral organizations, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO).

As a result of the meeting held in Brazil, SELA Member States recommended the Latin American Council to create the Working Group on Trade and Competition of Latin America and the Caribbean (WGTC). Decision N° 519 of the XXXVI Regular Meeting of the Latin American Council of SELA, in October 2010, formally supported the creation of the WGTC, whose Secretariat was made up of the Permanent Secretariat of SELA and the General Secretariat of UNCTAD, as Executive Secretariat and Technical Secretariat, respectively.

The First Meeting of the WGTC was carried out in Bogota in July 2011, with the purpose of confirming and strengthening the Working Group as a unique regional forum of authorities in charge of trade and competition for cooperation, consultation and coordination in that field at the regional level.

The II Meeting was held in Lima, Peru, in June 2012, with the discussion of the terms of competition contained in regional agreements on trade integration, government procurement and its relationship with competition, as well as the challenges posed by cross-border anti-competitive practices for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The III Meeting, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September 2013, focused on trade and competition in the energy and hydrocarbons market, institutional capacity-building, competition policy in the sector of telecommunications, the benefits from the competition policy in the provision of goods and services, the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), inter-institutional cooperation, and recent legislative reforms in the area of trade and competition in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The IV Meeting took place in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in November 2014. The issues discussed were as follows: Litigations of Latin American and Caribbean countries in the WTO and the underlying issues regarding competition policy, trade and competition in the foodstuff market, collusion and transparency in government procurement, air transport and communication means as strategic tools for the promotion of competition, competition policy and trade facilitation measures, as well as a space devoted to the discussion on the future of the WGTC.

The V Annual Meeting of the Working Group was held from 2 to 4 December 2015 in the city of Manta, Ecuador. And for the first time, the meeting discussed how to deal with the interaction between trade and competition policies in the context of Latin American and Caribbean integration, with the participation of representatives of regional and subregional integration mechanisms.

The VI Annual Meeting of the WGTC was conducted from 2 to 4 November 2017 on the island of Roatán, Honduras. It discussed the harmonization of regulatory frameworks in the area of trade and competition within the subregional integration mechanisms in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the treatment of dumping pursuant to trade and competition laws.

The VII Annual Meeting of the Working Group took place in San Salvador, El Salvador. It dealt with issues related to the digital economy, and how to cope with non-tariff barriers and their impact on competition in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The VIII Annual Meeting of the Working Group was held in Brasilia, Brazil, in October 2018, with the purpose of analyzing the importance and impact of maritime transport, infrastructure and port services on trade and competition in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Objectives

Analyze the interaction of trade and competition policies to promote technological innovation and productive transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Agenda

Thursday, 3 October 2019 

Morning

 

8:30 – 9:00

REGISTRATION
9:00 – 9:20

OPENING SESSION 

  • Silvia HernándezAnalyst of Relations, Direction of Relations for Integration and Cooperation of SELA
  • Juan Luis CruceleguiChief of Capacity-building and Advisory Services of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of UNCTAD
  • Fabrizio Castiglioni, President of the National Comission for Competition (CONACOM) of Paraguay. 
  • Pedro Mancuello, Viceministro de Comercio, Ministerio de Industria y Comercio
9:20 – 10:30

SESSION I: Presentation of the study prepared by SELA: “Trade and competition policies to drive innovation and productive transformation: Opportunities and challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean”

Moderator: Silvia Hernández Rada, Analyst of Relations, Direction of Relations for Integration and Cooperation, SELA

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. 

10:30 -10:45

Official photo

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:45

SESSION II: Challenges and opportunities for cooperation. the role of integration in LAC projects

Moderator: Lautaro Ramírez, National University of La Plata, WTO Chair                    

The presentations by speakers will be followed by a question and answer session. 

12:45 – 14:30

Lunch

Afternoon

14:30 - 15:30

SESSION III: Productive transformation, trade and competition policy. Sectoral experiences

Moderator: Valentina Delich, SELA’s Consultant                       

The presentations by speakers will be followed by a question and answer session.

15:40 – 15:50

Coffee break

 15:40 - 17:00

SESSION IV: Institutional and practical ways of trade and competition agencies to promote and achieve productive transformation

Moderator: Santiago Bofferon, Partner, Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja

The presentation by speakers will be followed by a question and answer session. 

 

 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Morning

 

9:00 – 09:30

SESSION V:PRESENTATION OF STUDY PREPARED BY UNCTAD: "INTERACTION BETWEEN COMPETITION AND INNOVATION POLICIES”

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. 

09:30 – 10:30

SESSION VI. Innovation, a necessary activity for development, productivity improvement and competitiveness of economies: implementation issues and public policies for its promotion

Moderator: Juan Luis Crucelegui, Head of Capacity Building and Consulting Services of the Department of Competition and Consumer Policies, UNCTAD

  • Jasmine Gustale, Director, Management Unit of the Presidency of the Republic, Paraguay. / Jaime Eguez, member of the Steering Committee of the Club de Ejecutivos del Paraguay and member of the team driving the National Innovation Plan. Programming together the Paraguay that we deserve (Spanish).

The presentation by speakers will be followed by a question and answer session.

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00

SESSION VII.  “COMPETITION POLICY: DRIVER OF INNOVATION”

Moderator:  Rolando Díaz, Member of the Directorate of CONACOM

  • Esteban Greco, President, National Commission for the Defense of Competition (CNDC), Argentina
  • Alexandre Barreto, Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Desafios da Concorrência no Brasil(Portugues)  
  • Aura Elena Rincón, Competition Lawyers Coordinator, Superintendency of Industry and Commerce, Colombia. Competition policy: Vector for innovation (Spanish).
  • Astrid Peralta, General Coordinator, Trade Negotiations, International Affairs and Regulations, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Paraguay. Competition policy in Mexico: Vector for innovation (Spanish).
  • Jesús Espinoza, Technical Secretary, Commission for the Defense of Free Competition, National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI), Peru. Peru's digital competitiveness (Spanish)

   The presentation by speakers will be followed by a question and answer session.

13:00 – 14:30

Free time for lunch

Afternoon

 

14:30 – 15:15

DISCUSSION GROUPS

Three discussion groups will be organized to discuss a case study and draw conclusions from issues raised around it.

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45

Presentation of conclusions and exchange of results among discussion groups 

16:45 – 17:30

FUTURE OF THE WGTC

Selection of topics and venue for the meeting of the WGTC for 2020.

17:30

CLOSING SESSION 

  • Representative of SELA
  • Representative of UNCTAD
  • Representative of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay
  • Representative of the National Commission for Protection of Competition (CONACOM) of Paraguay
Logistics

Venue and date

This event will be held on 3 and 4 October 2019 at the Central Bank of Paraguay Institute, located in Federación Rusa between Augusto Roa Bastos and San Rafael streets, Portón 4.

 

Languages

The official language will be Spanish. There will be no simultaneous interpretation.

 

Hotels

After sending the registration form duly filled in, the organizers of the event will make arrangements to purchase the air ticket and make the hotel reservation, in accordance with the selected itinerary.

 

Dress code 

Formal attire in suggested for the days of the meeting.

 

Transport

The National Commission for Protection of Competition (CONACOM) will provide the shuttle service for guests.

 

Participants

Representatives in charge of the areas of trade and competition in the Member States of SELA, international organizations, experts in the field, and special guests.

Participation in this meeting is subject to the invitations issued by the co-sponsors.

 

List of participants

Documents

Background paper

Sistema Económico Latinoamericano y del Caribe (SELA) (2019). Trade and competition policies to promote innovation and productive transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean. IX Reunión Anual del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Comercio y Competencia de América Latina y el Caribe (GTCC). Asunción, Paraguay. 03 y 04 de octubre de 2019. Caracas: SELA. Disponible en: http://www.sela.org/es/centro-de-documentacion/base-de-datos-documental/bdd/62530/trade-and-competition-policies

Information on migration
Contacts

Permanent Secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), Venezuela.

Coordination by the Permanent Secretariat of SELA: 

  • Oscar Hernández
    Director of Relations for Integration and Cooperation of SELA
    Telephones: (+58-212) 955-7111 / 955-7134
     E-mail: ohernandez@sela.org 

  • Silvia Hernández
    Analyst of Relations
    Telephones: (+58-212) 955-7111 / 955-7146
    E-mail:shernandez@sela.org 

General Secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Competition (UNCTAD), Switzerland 

  • Juan Luis Crucelegui
    Head of Capacity-Building and Advisory Services of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, UNCTAD
    E-mail: juanluis.crucelegui@unctad.org.

 

National Commission for Protection of Competition (CONACOM) of Paraguay 

  • Rolando Díaz Delgado
    Member of the Board
    National Commission for Protection of Competition
    E-mail: rdiaz@conacom.gov.py 
  • Blanca Garcia
    General Coordinator
    National Commission for Protection of Competition
    Tel.: + 595 21 208 707 / 8
    E-mail: bgarcia@conacom.gov.py