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THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008
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THOMAS O. BARNETT TO PARTICIPATE IN SEVENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION NETWORK CONFERENCE IN KYOTO, JAPAN
WASHINGTON — Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett will participate in the seventh annual International Competition Network (ICN) Conference in Kyoto, Japan, April 1416, 2008, when senior government antitrust officials, private sector antitrust experts from around the world, and representatives from intergovernmental organizations will discuss competition issues.
The ICN conference will focus on the recent work of its four substantive working groups: cartels, mergers, unilateral conduct, and competition policy implementation. 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 participate actively in the working groups. Conference discussions will focus on topics addressed by these groups, including recommended practices for the assessment of dominance and substantive merger analysis, settlements in cartel investigations, and the promotion of competition policy in developing and transition economies. The conference will finalize work programs 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 to create the ICN. The ICN now includes 102 member agencies from 91 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:
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008: 7th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 1)
9:00 a.m. (Kyoto), 8:00 p.m. (EDT, April 13) Opening
9:45 a.m. (Kyoto), 8:45 p.m. (EDT, April 13) Unilateral
Conduct Working Group Session
2:15 p.m. (Kyoto), 1:15 a.m. (EDT) Cartel Working Group
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008: 7th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 2)
9:00 a.m. (Kyoto), 8:00 p.m. (EDT) Merger Working Group
1:30 p.m. (Kyoto), 12:30 a.m. (EDT) Special Program
on Abuse of Superior Bargaining Position
3:30 p.m. (Kyoto), 2:30 a.m. (EDT) Competition Policy
Implementation Working Group
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008: 7th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 3)
8:30 a.m. (Kyoto), 7:30 p.m. (EDT, April 15) Presentation by ICN Steering Group Vice Chairs on Advocacy and Implementation, Outreach, and International Coordination
9:00 a.m. (Kyoto), 8:00 p.m. (EDT, April 15) Joint Implementation/Outreach
12:00 p.m. (Kyoto), 11:00 p.m. (EDT, April 15) Closing Ceremony
Complete information about the conference, to be held in the Kyoto International Conference Center, is available at http://www.icn-kyoto.org/