The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced President Benigno S. Aquino III has confirmed his attendance to deliver the keynote address at the 8th East Asia Conference on Competition Law and Policy on Wednesday.
It will be the first time the Philippines is hosting the most significant convergence of competition authorities and experts through the DOJ’s Office for Competition.
The EAC is a regional gathering of competition experts, academicians and business representatives from the East Asia Region to advocate for the importance of competition policy.
Since 2004, the EAC has been held almost annually with participants from 16 economies.
Among the personalities attending the event are Rodney Sims, chair of Australia Competition and Consumer Commission; Kazuyuki Sugimoto, chair of Japan Fair Trade Commission; Muhammad Nawir Messi, chair of Indonesia Competition Authority; and Mung Van Bach, director general of Vietnam Competition Authority.
The conference theme, “The Impact of Competition Policy and Law to the Market Economy”, is designed to study the link between good governance, the role of law towards developing the full human potential in the context of a free and fair functioning society, said Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima.
This year’s conference is jointly organized by the DOJ-OFC, the JFTC, Asian Development Bank Institute, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.