Competition Policy and the Trade System: Challenges and Opportunities

Date period
1 April 2016

Implemented jointly by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative was established to convene world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business, and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development.

This paper examines the importance of competition policy in promoting free trade and allowing countries to specialise in those sectors where they have comparative advantage. It calls for better coordination among competition authorities and puts forward several proposals for discussion, including the use of already existing mechanisms to achieve convergence in competition law regimes.