What's New

The International Competition Network and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Competition Advocacy Contest, which follows the successful experience of the first joint edition in 2014.

The general topic of the Contest is “How to Build a Culture of Competition for Private Sector Development and Economic Growth”.

We are looking for successful advocacy stories that fall under one of the following four categories:

1) “Competition Advocacy in fast growing and innovative markets”

2) “Advocating competition in key domestic markets to maximize the benefits of trade”

3) “Embedding competition principles in public and industrial policies through advocacy”

4) “Catalyzing competition reforms through citizen and civil society engagement”

The deadline for submissions is 14 December 2015. For more information and to apply please click here.

The AWG recently launched the Benefits Platform!, a web-based toolbox integrated within the Advocacy Toolkit. This platform seeks to provide ICN members with knowledge, strategies and arguments for explaining the benefits of competition in support of their competition advocacy efforts toward government and non-governmental stakeholders. The platform currently focuses on “Explaining the benefits of competition to Government and legislators”, and it will be integrated with new sections related to business, media and the general public.

At the 2015 annual conference in Sydney, two other AWG work products were approved: the Competition Culture Project - Final Report and, as a complement to the Recommended Practices on Competition Assessment, a Framework of Competition Assessment Regimes, which provides a broad overview of the range of competition assessment regimes and processes that exist.


The mission of the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is to undertake projects, to develop practical tools and guidance, and to facilitate experience-sharing among ICN member agencies, in order to improve the effectiveness of ICN members in advocating the dissemination of competition principles and to promote the development of a competition culture within society. Advocacy reinforces the value of competition by educating citizens, businesses and policy-makers. In addition to supporting the efforts of competition agencies in tackling private anti-competitive behaviour, advocacy is an important tool in addressing public restrictions to competition. Competition advocacy in this context refers to those activities conducted by the competition agency, that are related to the promotion of a competitive environment by means of non-enforcement mechanisms, mainly through its relationships with other governmental entities and by increasing public awareness in regard to the benefits of competition.

Contact Information

The Working Group is co-chaired by the Italian Competition Authority, the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), and the Swedish Competition Authority.

For more information about the AWG, please contact:

Ms. Karin Lunning
Director, International Department
Swedish Competition Authority

Mr. Graeme Jarvie
Senior Adviser
Swedish Competition Authority

Mr. Michele Pacillo
International Affairs Unit
Italian Competition Authority

Ms. Alessandra Tonazzi
Head of International Affairs Unit
Italian Competition Authority

Ms. Carolina Garayzar

Deputy Director General of International Affairs

Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)