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Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Hold Trilateral Meeting with Competition Enforcers from Mexico and Canada

For Immediate Release
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Today, the Justice Department participated in a trilateral meeting with enforcers from Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Canada’s Competition Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Discussions were held among Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Chair Lina M. Khan of the FTC, Canadian Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell and President Andrea Marván Saltiel of COFECE.

The meeting, which took place in Mexico City, included discussions on competition in the technology and platform sectors and the impact of competition on labor markets, as well as discussions on new enforcement tools and bringing a whole-of-government approach to competition law.

“The competition law agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States share the common goal to preserve and protect fair and lawful competition,” said Assistant Attorney General Kanter. “I am grateful for the opportunity to meet with our fellow enforcers and discuss opportunities to promote competition and enhance enforcement in North America.”

“This annual trilateral with our enforcement partners lets us share expertise and learning, strengthening our work to promote fair competition and protect the American public from anticompetitive and monopolistic tactics,” said Chair Khan.

Assistant Attorney General Kanter of the Antitrust Division (far right) meets with Chair Lina M. Khan of the FTC, Canadian Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell and President Andrea Marván Saltiel of COFECE.
Assistant Attorney General Kanter of the Antitrust Division (far right) meets with Chair Lina M. Khan of the FTC, Canadian Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell and President Andrea Marván Saltiel of COFECE.

The 1995 cooperation agreement between the United States and Canada, the 1999 agreement between the United States and Mexico and the 2001 agreement between Canada and Mexico laid the foundation for these meetings. The agreements commit the agencies to coordinating and cooperating with each other to ensure consistent and effective antitrust enforcement.

Tomorrow, Assistant Attorney General Kanter will deliver a keynote speech at an event hosted by COFECE commemorating the release of a special anniversary book reflecting on the development of competition policy in Mexico. The book includes essays from competition experts around the world and is being released in honor of the 10th anniversary of the agency and 30th anniversary of the passage of Mexico’s first competition law.

Updated January 23, 2024

Topic
Antitrust
Press Release Number: 24-80