THOMAS O. BARNETT TO PARTICIPATE IN FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL
COMPETITION NETWORK CONFERENCE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
WASHINGTON Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett will participate in the
fifth annual International Competition Network (ICN) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa,
on May 3-5, 2006. At the conference, senior antitrust officials and private antitrust experts from
around the world as well as representatives from intergovernmental organizations will meet to
discuss competition issues.
The ICN conference will focus on the recent work of its four substantive working groups
-- Cartels, Mergers, Antitrust Enforcement in the Telecommunications Sector and Competition
Policy Implementation -- and discuss the formation of a new working group on unilateral
conduct. ICN member agencies participate in these project-oriented working groups to address
policy and enforcement issues and formulate proposals for ICN consensus. Private sector experts
and intergovernmental organizations are active participants in the working groups. Conference
discussions will address the issues considered by the four working groups and will include:
obstruction of justice in cartel investigations; digital evidence gathering; the interaction of public
and private enforcement in cartel investigations; the analytical framework for merger review;
suggested best practices in antitrust enforcement in the telecommunications sector; and the
promotion of competition policy in developing and transition economies. Participants will also
discuss the implementation of the ICN Recommended Practices for Merger Notification and
Review Procedures and other ICN work product. The conference will enable the participants to
finalize work plans for the coming year.
In October 2001, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
joined with antitrust agencies from 13 other jurisdictions around the world (Australia, Canada,
the European Union, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the
United Kingdom and Zambia) to create the ICN. The ICN now includes 97 member agencies
from 85 jurisdictions. The ICN has two main goals -- to promote greater substantive and
procedural convergence among antitrust authorities on sound competition principles and to
provide support for new antitrust agencies, both in enforcing their laws and in building strong
competition cultures in their countries.
The following portions of the conference will be open to the press:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2006: 5th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 1)
8:45 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 2:45 P.M. (EDT) Opening Address
Opening remarks by Dr. Ulf Bge as Chairman of the ICN Steering Group.
9:00 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 3:00 P.M. (EDT) Welcoming Address
Welcoming remarks by David Lewis and Shan Ramburuth, Competition Authorities of
South Africa, as hosts of the ICN conference.
9:15 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 3:15 P.M. (EDT) Competition Policy Implementation
Working Group Session
Presentations will address successful business outreach techniques, technical assistance,
and the perspective of the judiciary, in trying antitrust cases. William Kovacic, FTC
Commissioner, is a panelist. Following panel presentations, delegates will discuss these
topics in small group breakout sessions.
2:00 P.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 8:00 P.M. (EDT) Merger Working Group Session
Thomas O. Barnett, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of
Justice, will make introductory remarks, followed by presentations on the merger
guidelines workbook, investigative techniques training materials, and notification and
procedures implementation activities. Gerald Masoudi, Deputy Assistant Attorney
General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, will moderate the panel;
Randolph Tritell, of the FTC, is a panelist. Following panel presentations, delegates will
discuss these topics in small group breakout sessions.
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2006: 5th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 2)
8:30 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 2:30 P.M. (EDT) Telecommunications Working
Sheridan Scott of the Canadian Competition Bureau will moderate a panel on
enforcement issues in the telecommunications sector and suggested best practices.
Gerald Masoudi is a panelist. Norman Manoim of the South African Competition
Tribunal will moderate a panel on the perspectives of young antitrust agencies.
11:15 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 5:15 P.M. (EDT) Competition and Development
The discussion will be moderated by Frederic Jenny, Judge, French Supreme Court and
Chair of the OECD's Competition Committee, and panelists will include: Mrs. Elizabeth
Farina, President of CADE, Brazil; Mrs. Mona Yassine, Chair of the Egyptian
Competition Authority; Mr. Peter Njoroge, Commissioner of the Monopolies and Price
Commission, Kenya; and, David Lewis, Chairperson of the Competition Tribunal, South
2:00 P.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 8:00 P.M. (EDT) Cartel Working Group Session
Panel discussions will examine obstruction of justice in cartel investigations; digital
evidence gathering; and the interaction of public and private enforcement in cartel
investigations. Marc Siegel, Director of Criminal Enforcement, Antitrust Division, U.S.
Department of Justice, is a panelist. Following panel presentations, delegates will discuss
these topics in small group breakout sessions.
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2006: 5th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 3)
8:30 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 2:30 P.M. (EDT) Implementation Session
Eduardo Prez Motta, President, Mexican Federal Competition Commission, will
moderate a panel discussion on implementation of ICN work product by member
agencies. Maria Coppola Tineo, of the FTC, is a panelist.
10:15 A.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 4:15 P.M. (EDT) Unilateral Conduct Discussion
Deborah Majoras, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, will make introductory
remarks and co-moderate the discussion on the formation of this new group together with
Dr. Ulf Bge, President of the German Federal Cartel Office.
12:30 P.M. (GMT + 2 hours), 6:30 P.M. (EDT) Closing Remarks
Dr. Ulf Bge, David Lewis, and Shan Ramburuth will deliver closing remarks.
Complete information about the conference is available at http://www.internationalcompetitionnetwork.org/capetown2006/index.html
The ICN Conference will be located at the Cape Town International Convention
Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
|Media contacts:|| U.S. Department of Justice, Gina Talamona, 202-514-2007
Federal Trade Commission, Nancy Ness Judy, 202-326-2180
Canadian Bureau of Competition, Sally Southey, 819-994-4994
The Competition Tribunal, South Africa, Jane Sussens, 27 (11) 483 2687;
mobile, 082 920 0875; email, Jane.Sussens@mweb.co.za