Competition Policy – CCI India Project Evaluation The project start-up was delayed due to administrative procedures of both the World Bank Group and DFID. The delay as well as DFID fiscal year end requirements (March 31, 2006) severely constrained the time available and funds initially earmarked for the consultants. However, despite these major constraints, good progress has been made, the agreed activities have been completed and outputs delivered. We have started to see a more vocal CCI engaged in competition advocacy, including recent public statements on PPP model for infrastructure projects. The actual outputs and some of the early outcomes are indicated in blue text. Expected project Components/ Outputs Expected Outcomes Expected Impacts Activities Prepare sectors/sub- 3 sectors/sub-sectors Increased CCI capacity to Increased sectors studies detailing studies including. This handle anti-competitive competition policy the nature and type of encompass two activities: cases in selected sectors as advocacy in selected competition problems evidenced by the number sectors and market distortions Preliminary findings of investigations Reduced anti- that exist, the segments presented on 17-18 conducted. competitive of society or markets March workshop (130 Recommendations for practices in selected that are most affected in participants from public regulations / policy actions sectors terms of consumer / and private sector) that need to be put in place Greater economic welfare and Interim reports on to alleviate market accountability and other costs, and telecom, food grains distortions in specific transparency in possible alternative and energy delivered by sectors of the economy, as government- policy actions that can experts. World Bank evidenced by number of business relations, be taken to alleviate the experts currently policy and reduced situation while meeting commenting on reports. statements/submissions opportunities for other socio-economic Final report with made to relevant bodies. corruption. (The objectives. recommendations to be Foster the establishment of draft national presented in a national a Competition Law (The competition policy conference in Delhi amendments to the discussion paper as during Phase II competition law have been it relates to public tabled in parliament. A procurement will draft national competition especially impact on policy that aims to corruption.) introduce competition principles in the government’s commercial activity such as competitive procurement of goods & services with level playing field between public & private enterprises has been drafted and being reviewed/discussed between ministeries.) Organize one workshop A 2-day workshop Increased Public-Private Increased to (1) provide training supported by FIAS, DFID, dialogue on competition competition policy on the analytical tools and CCI-GoI (with own and issues as evidenced by advocacy in selected and methods employed IDF grant funds) was held number of consultative sectors in conducting in New Delhi on March 17- meetings/conferences/brief Reduced anti- competition 18, 2006. In attendance ing sessions. (CCI has competitive assessments and were about 130 participants since held number of practices in selected regulatory impact from the private and public meetings with the planning sectors analysis, and key sectors including civil commission and also success factors for society. Among the private sector effective competition participants/speakers were representatives on various advocacy, and (2) to senior officials from the matters—including review and disseminate major industry associations deterring adoption of the findings for and various economic (ruinous) policy proposal discussion and possible ministries. In follow-up to grant postal monopoly follow-up policy meetings, convinced CCI over courier packages of dialogue and actions. that it was pre-mature to 500 grams or less.) formulate M&A guidelines, Increased awareness on regulations and reporting anti-competitive practices requirements. in selected sectors as evidenced by press coverage and complaints by affected parties. Increased CCI technical capacity to handled anti- competitive practices in selected sectors in terms of number and quality of public statements. Remarks In addition to these activities, the project team met with CCI Advisory Committee to provide advice and comments on horizontal merger guidelines. The recommendation that issuing these guidelines was premature was accepted and assisted in re-orienting complementary technical assistance being provided by US-AID. Under Phase I of the project, the three selected specific studies have identified a range of competition, and regulatory issues that need to be addressed. The analysis conducted is of a preliminary nature which needs to be deepened and expanded. This was/is planned as part of Phase II as envisaged in the initial project design and agreed with the CCI-GoI and DfID. Phase II needs to be embarked upon by July, 2006 so that the consultants have sufficient time to conduct quality analysis. Accordingly, it is planned that an workshop to review the interim empirical and policy analysis results will be held in mid-October, 2006 and a final larger conference to broadly disseminate the findings ad policy recommendations to be held no later than March 2007. DfID has already committed GBP75K (US$ 147K approx.) to the second phase of this project and the CCI-GoI has also already committed own budget and IDF funds for the other/additional sector studies.
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