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