UK OFT’s Officials Conducts 4-Day Training Workshop for CCP’s Enforcement Team


29 March, 2013: CCP Chairperson, Rahat Kaunain Hassan, along with CCP Members, and two trainers of UK Office of Fair Trade, in group photograph at the conclusion of the 4-day training workshop at CCP. 

ISLAMABAD, 29 MARCH 2013: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), in collaboration with the Department for International Development’s (DFID) under its Investment Climate Facility of UK Specialists Expertise (IFUSE) Programme, conducted a 4-day capacity-building workshop for CCP’s enforcement staff.

IFUSE is an initiative of the DFID aiming to share specialist expertise from across UK Government Departments to support investment climate reform in DFID partner countries.

The workshop was conducted by two experts from the Office of Fair Trade (OFT), UK. Sarah Mills, case handler, and Christopher Whitcombe, Economic Advisor.

The aim of the workshop was to build capacity of the CCP’s enforcement staff in key enforcement areas i.e. bid rigging in public procurement and merger review analysis to enable them to learn from international best practice.

Sarah Mills explained how to investigate bid rigging in public procurement contracts and enforcement tools to tackle cartels. She also discussed methods of cartel detection, use of forensic IT, reward schemes, and how to structure leniency programs.

Christopher Whitcom be conducted training on tools for merger review and analysis. He focused on specific economic indicators and methodologies the CCP could use to analyze the possible anti-competitive effects a merger could have in Pakistan.  

The closing ceremony of the workshop was held at CCP on Friday, and was attended by the CCP Chairperson, Ms. Rahat Kaunain Hassan, Members Mr. Abdul Ghaffar, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Dr. Shahzad Ansar, Director General Legal Mr. Ikram ul Haq Qureshi and senior CCP officials. The CCP Chairperson thanked the OFT officials and expressed a desire for the continuation of such programmes in the future. She also appreciated the efforts of the CCP’s Office of International Affairs in organizing the training.

Certificates were awarded to the participants and to the officials of OFT.