The ACCC's Competition Law Implementation Program (CLIP) delivers targeted capacity building and technical assistance to Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States to help combat anti-competitive activities in individual markets and the ASEAN region, supported by the AANZFTA Economic Cooperation Support Program (AECSP).
CLIP supports ASEAN’s regional goal of building a globally integrated, highly competitive economic region through effective competition laws, enforcement agencies, and enhanced regional cooperation mechanisms.
Under CLIP, ASEAN Member States receive tailored training, mentoring and other support from the ACCC and other international experts to introduce and implement national competition laws to meet commitments under the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) and the ASEAN Competition Action Plan 2025.
The ASEAN Member States are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Competition fans the 'profit motive', which in turn fosters more dynamic, innovative and productive businesses and thereby economies.
An environment that upholds open and fair competition encourages all firms – from the top end of town to micro, small and medium enterprises – to continuously invest and innovate in order to gain, grow or maintain their respective market shares.
When firms are free to compete fairly and the process of competition protected, consumers benefit by receiving more diverse and higher quality choices in goods and services at better prices.
The ACCC works with ASEAN competition agencies to deliver CLIP activities that cater to the prevailing needs of ASEAN Member States and acknowledge the differences between jurisdictions in their stages of introducing and implementing competition policy and law.
Since the program commenced in October 2014, CLIP has supported:
- capacity building workshops
- a study visit to Australia
- secondments from ASEAN countries to Australia and New Zealand
- expert visits and placements in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand
- the provision of technical and mentoring assistance to ASEAN countries including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and the Philippines.
CLIP initiatives provide valuable opportunities for ASEAN Member States to develop and maintain informal networks essential to the development of meaningful long-term cooperative regional relationships.
Professionals working in an ASEAN Member State to implement competition law can sign up to complete eLearning modules at CLIP Academy. They cover a range of competition law and economics topics. The first in the series is Introduction to Competition Law. Themes include:
- the practical importance of competition law
- common features of competition law
- enforcement and the role of the competition authority.
Investigations capability development has been pursued by CLIP through a number of means, including secondment of ASEAN competition officials to the ACCC and NZCC, on-the-job coaching by ACCC experts placed at ASEAN competition authorities, as well as workshops.
This case study focuses on the emerging outcomes and benefits from one stream of CLIP’s work: investigations.
CLIPPINGS is the newsletter of CLIP and provides updates on the many and varied activities being run in support of competition law implementation in ASEAN.