COMPETITION  POLICY & LAW

 ‘Comparative Study of Competition Regimes  in Select Developing Countries of the Commonwealth’
(7Up-Project)

 

Overview

 

The 7Up1 Project, or formally, ‘Comparative Study of Competition Regimes in Select Developing Countries of the Commonwealth’, involved the following seven developing countries – South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania in Africa, and Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India in South Asia. The two year long study was supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK

The purpose of this project was to evaluate how these countries enacted and implemented a competition law, and how effective they have been. It was evident that the project countries differed significantly in terms of population size, size of the economy, per capita incomes, industrial structure and exposure to the world economy.

They all undertook significant trade liberalisation, including conversion of non-tariff barriers into tariffs and reduction of existing tariff rates. However, the exposure to world markets through exports and imports differed considerably. As the scope of competition law and its framework of implementation also varied significantly, it was an interesting exercise to chart their relative progress.

The project, popularly known as the 7-Up Project, was a two-year research and advocacy programme undertaken by the CUTS and its largest research project completed so far. The report published is titled: Pulling Up Our Socks.

This pioneering study on competition policy and law in the developing world has been quite successful in achieving its objectives of identifying the problems of competition authorities in the target countries. Several research reports; briefing papers and handbooks were produced during the project to spread awareness.

 

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