Developing Awareness on Competition Issues
in Bangladesh

 

 

 

Objective

Evolve better understanding among policymakers on elements of competition policy and law and to facilitate effective enforcement of the Competition Law in Bangladesh.

 

Background

As part of a broader regulatory reform programme of the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (BICF), CUTS International alongwith its local partner organisation, Unnayan Shamannay had designed and implemented semester courses on Competition Policy and Law in two universities in Bangladesh. An important objective of the Competition Law programme was to ensure institution building, capacity and skills development, and awareness raising of officials in the public and private sectors, academic teaching and research institutions, professional bodies, civil society organizations and the media.

Having implemented the semester courses successfully and created a cadre of stakeholders with enhanced understanding on competition issues, the focus has now shifted towards undertaking advocacy and creating awareness about benefits of competition among Parliamentarians, media, businesses, etc. Competition Law in Bangladesh have recently been passed by the Cabinet and would soon be presented in the Parliament for the final approval. Thus, there is a need to undertake advocacy to educate the Parliamentarians and using media as pressure groups, as to create awareness about the Competition Law and its need.

Given this, CUTS International with support of Unnayan Shamannay & Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (I-PAG) implemented awareness generation activities in Bangladesh with the objective of creating a better understanding of competition issues and the need for effective implementation of Competition Law among policy makers, media, etc.