Through the Competition Policy and Law Group (CPLG), APEC encourages market discipline, works to help eliminate distortions, as well as promote economic efficiency The group promotes understanding of regional competition laws and policies, examines their impacts on trade and investment flows, and identifies areas for technical cooperation and capacity building among member economies.

The CPLG, formerly known as Competition Policy and Deregulation Group, was established in 1996, when the Osaka Action Agenda (OAA) work programmes on competition policy and deregulation were combined. In 1999, APEC Ministers endorsed the APEC Principles to Enhance Competition and Regulatory Reform and approved a "road map" which established the basis for subsequent work on strengthening markets in the region. In 2008, members agreed to change the name of the group to the Competition Policy and Law Group to reflect the fact the regulatory aspects of competition are now being discussed within the framework of the Economic Committee (EC).

The CPLG meets annually. Its most recent meeting was held in February 2017, in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. A summary of the meeting can be found here.

At CPLG meetings, member economies update each other about their respective competition policies and laws, including recent cases. Challenges to competition policy and competition advocacy efforts are also discussed.

Members’ Dialogues on Competition Advocacy are also held to give venue to an exchange views on topics related to institutions, objectives and priorities; challenges and obstacles; strategies to effective competition advocacy; tools developed by international organizations; and the effectiveness of competition advocacy efforts.

Last page update: April 2017

Current Activities

The CPLG is responsible for practical aspects of competition law and enforcement to develop and enhance competition law and policy in APEC member economies. The group’s activities include:
  • Exchanging information through a regional database.
  • Sharing new developments in terms of the law, the comparative aspects of competition law, the role of the courts, the degree of autonomy granted to competition authorities, better methods to improve success of monitoring and enforcement of the law, and appropriate remedies.
  • Understanding and analysing the legal and regulatory issues from the members involved.
  • Sharing experiences and expertise on activities relevant to the implementation of competition policies, using international instruments, to develop good practice.
  • Identifying areas for capacity building and technical cooperation on the implementation of best practices in competition policies.
  • Conducting outreach and public relations for the benefit of APEC stakeholders.

One of the main goals for the CPLG for 2017 is to support the Economic Committee to enact the instruction from the Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting (September 2015 in Cebu, Philippines) to “encourage member economies to undertake a self-assessment of barriers to competition, including a review of current competition laws and policies”. It was agreed in Nha Trang that the CPLG would work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to develop an APEC-OECD Framework on Competition Assessments, which would include a competition assessment checklist. Viet Nam, on behalf of the CPLG, is working on a first draft with the OECD. 


Seminar on OECD Self-Assessment of Barriers to Competition
Held on 20-21 February 2017 in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. The Seminar promoted the use of competition assessments to improve regulatory frameworks.

Seminar on Economics of Competition Policy
Held on 22-23 February 2017, this Seminar saw world-leading experts provide an overview of current challenges for competition policy and law.

Seminar on Investigative Powers of Competition Agencies
Held on 24-25 February 2017, this Seminar saw experts from the United States and Mexico conducting training on their effective use of investigative powers.

Law Database
Progress continues on the online Competition Policy and Law Database, which has received positive responses and acceptance by international community. Chinese Taipei reports an increased number of visitors to the database.


Jesús Espinoza (Mr)
Defense of the Free Competition Commission
Peruvian Competition Agency (INDECOPI)
Toshiko Igarashi (Ms)
Senior Planning Officer
International Affairs Division
General Secretariat
Japan Fair Trade Commission
Alex Rogers (Mr)
Program Director
APEC Secretariat


26 Feb 2017 Competition Policy and Law Group (CPLG) Meeting Nha Trang, Viet Nam
24 Feb 2017 Competition Policy and Law Group (CPLG) - Seminar on Investigative Powers of Competition Agencies Nha Trang, Viet Nam
22 Feb 2017 Competition Policy and Law Group (CPLG) - Seminar on Economics of Competition Policy Nha Trang, Viet Nam
20 Feb 2017 Competition Policy and Law Group (CPLG) - Seminar on OECD Self-Assessment of Barriers to Competition Nha Trang, Viet Nam