Competition and Growth Summit 2021 – Requests for participant registration

    The Competition and Growth Summit will feature a series of three virtual panels from June 1 to June 3, 2021. The Summit will examine the role that competitive markets can play in driving economic growth in the wake of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

    International and domestic experts will discuss topics including how competition can foster inclusive growth, government strategies to apply a competition lens in achieving policy goals, and lessons learned by competition authorities through the pandemic.

    Interested parties are encouraged to submit a request for registration using this form. Please complete all fields prior to submission.

    A member of the Summit team will respond to your request as soon as possible to confirm participation and provide more information where appropriate.

    Event Detail

    Panel 1 – Competition, productivity and economic growth – June 1, 2021 (9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

    Panel 2 – Competition and government agendas – June 2, 2021 (9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

    Panel 3 – The perspective from heads of competition agencies – June 3, 2021 (3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

    Location

    Online Event

    Panel 1 – Competition, productivity and economic growth

    The global health crisis has disproportionately affected small- and medium-sized businesses as well as vulnerable communities and threatened the future competitive intensity and dynamism of markets. This has prompted some governments to focus on measures to enhance productivity and ensure inclusive economic growth.

    The kickoff panel will open the debate on the role of competition in delivering economic recovery and growth. Some of the key questions this panel aim to address include:

    • What are the links between competition, productivity and competitiveness?
    • What can we learn from government responses in previous economic downturns to support domestic industries and drive growth?
    • To what extent does competition have a role to play in supporting inclusive growth and the diffusion of economic opportunity?

    Panel 2 – Competition and government agendas

    Competition is only one of many goals policymakers must balance in the design and implementation of effective policy. The panel will discuss the levers available to governments to increase the competitive intensity of their economies, and how governments can incorporate a competition lens in their policymaking while also meeting other critical objectives.

    Some of the key questions this panel aim to address include:

    • How does competition intersect with other public policy objectives? Has the pandemic shifted these intersections?
    • What levers can governments use to increase competitive intensity post-pandemic?
    • What barriers do governments face in delivering on competitive markets?

    Panel 3 – The perspective from heads of competition agencies

    At the outset of the pandemic there was a global conversation on the role of competition authorities in times of crisis. In 2021, there is an opportunity to revisit this topic and reflect on the experiences of international authorities and the tools at their disposal to support competitive markets. The panel will focus on the effect of the pandemic on the role of competition authorities around the world.

    Some of the key questions this panel aim to address include:

    • To what extent adjustments are needed to enforcement activities to promote economic recovery?
    • How can authorities best advocate to policy makers in support of open markets in the aftermath of the pandemic?
    • Are the objectives of economic inclusion and fairness (gender, race, disability etc.) fair game for competition authorities? If so, what does inclusive competition enforcement and policy look like in practice?
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