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The role of competition policy in the promotion of economic growth Policy

International Symposium

January 28, 2008
Competition Policy Research Center

 The Competition Policy Research Center / Japan Fair Trade Commission (CPRC/JFTC) will hold the international symposium in close collaboration with the 21st Century COE/RES Program Hitotsubashi University, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.(NIKKEI) and Fair Trade Institute on March 7.
 Competition policy may support smooth function of free market economies and play an important role in promoting economic growth. How competition policy can play its role, however, depends on various factors such as the stage of economic development and safeguard against market failures in each country. On the other hand, in order for each market economy to function mutually and smoothly in a coordinated manner, the interface mechanism should be designed and implemented among countries, which ensures competition policies in all countries to work harmoniously.
 The theme of CPRC International symposium of this year is "the role of competition policy in the promotion of economic growth." The purpose of the symposium is to discuss the role of competition policy in promoting economic growth from academic perspective, mentioning to the historical background of competition policies and free market economies and the development of contemporary competition policies.

○ Registration

 Please send the registration form or FAX form below to the Secretariat of CPRC/JFTC no later than February 22, 2008

 Since the symposium has been registered to capacity, the registration is closed in Feb 25


1 Date and Vennue

Date 13:30 - 17:50, 7 March 2008
Venue MITA KAIGISHO, Auditorium, 1F
(2-1-8 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Language English - Japanese (with simultaneous translation)
Admission Free
Organizers CPRC/JFTC, 21st Century COE /RES Program Hitotsubashi University , NIKKEI and Fair Trade Institute.

2 Agenda

Opening Session

13:30-13:40 Mr. Kazuhiko Takeshima (Chairman, JFTC)

Session 1: Invited Speeches

Dr. Yosuke Okada (Chief Researcher, CPRC/JFTC; Professor, Hitotsubashi University)

13:40-14:20 Theme:“ The Role of Competition Policy in the Promotion of Economic Growth”
Speaker: Dr. Lawrence J. White(Professor, Stern School of Business New York University)
14:20-15:00 Theme:“European Competition Policy in International Markets”
Speaker:Dr. Marc Ivaldi(Professor,Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse )
15:00-15:40 Theme:“Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy in Japan”
Speaker:Dr. Naohiro Yashiro(Professor, International Christian University)

Break 15:40‐16:00

Session 2:Panel Discussion

Dr. Kotaro Suzumura (Director, CPRC/JFTC; Professor, Hitotsubashi University)

16:00-17:15 Panelists:
Dr. Lawrence J. White
Dr. Marc Ivaldi
Dr. Naohiro Yashiro
Dr. Nipon Poaponsakorn (Professor, Thammasat University)
Ms. Yuri Okina (Research Director, Chief Senior Economist, The Japan Research Institute, Limited)
17:15-17:45 Open Floor Discussion

Closing Session

17:45-17:50 Dr. Kotaro Suzumura

Contact Details: Secretariat of CPRC/JFTC

(Mr. Yasutoshi Okamoto, Mr.Takeshi Yokota, Mr. Shinji Kakiuchi)
(Tel: +81-3-3581-1848,5480, Fax: +81-3-3581-1945, E-mail:cprcsec_atmark_jftc.go.jp
(Please replace “_atmark_” into “@”, when you send to this e-mail address.))

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