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BRICS-plus Digital Competition Forum

The 1st BRICS+ Digital Competition Forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro, on 24 and 25 November 2022. The Forum brings together the BRICS Digital Working Group, which holds its 6th meeting, while opening an opportunity of participation for competition authorities of BRICS candidate countries (Argentina, Egypt, Cambodia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan) and for local academics and civil society members (such as CTS, IDEC, Data Privacy Brasil, Derechos Digitales).

The event will be exclusive to the invited authorities and academics, with the exception of the final panel – the launch of the “Digital Ecosystems: a Brazilian perspective” book – which will be livestreamed through Zoom. You can register for the book launch here.

Check below the full Forum’s agenda:

Day 1November 24th: BRICS Working Group on Digital Economy

09:00 – Welcome coffee

09:30-09:40 – Welcome and introduction to the workshop

  • Sergio Guerra, Dean, FGV Direito Rio
  • Nicolo Zingales, Professor, FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro (FGV Direito Rio)
  • Alexey Ivanov, Director, BRICS Competition Law & Policy Centre
  • Luca Belli, Coordinator, Centre for Technology and Society at FGV Direito Rio (CTS-FGV)

09:40-10:50 – Session Opening speeches by authorities

Description: This session is aimed at taking stock of recent trends and initiatives in the enforcement of competition in digital markets in the BRICS.

  • Chair: Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, President of CADE

Speakers:

  • Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) Russia
  • Shri Rajinder Kumar, Director of Economics, Competition Commission of India
  • Itumeleng Lesofe, Senior Legal Analyst, South African Competition Commission
  • Gustavo Augusto Freitas de Lima, Commissioner, CADE
  • Wang Lile, Director of the Second Department of Antimonopoly Enforcement, State Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China (virtual)
  • Rodrigo Luchinsky, President, National Commission for the Defence of Competition (NCDC) Argentina
  • Mahmoud Momtaz, Chairman, Egyptian Competition Authority
  • Farrukh Karabaev, Vice-Chairman, Antimonopoly Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan (virtual)

10:50 – 12:20 – Session Advancements and commonalities in BRICS approaches to digital markets

Description: This session is aimed at defining common traits in the approaches to digital markets in the BRICS. It will include a presentation of the draft report on digital markets developed by CADE with input from all BRICS authorities, a reflection on the significance of developments happened since the 2019 report by BRICS authorities, and a roundtable discussion on future steps of the Working Group.

  • Chair: Ricardo Medeiros de Castro, Deputy Chief Economist, CADE

Speakers:

  • Eduardo Pontual Ribeiro, Professor, UFRJ
  • Svetlana Golovanova, Professor, HSE
  • Nicolo Zingales, Professor, FGV/RJ

Discussants:

  • Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head, FAS
  • Shri Rajinder Kumar, Director of Economics, Competition Commission of India
  • Itumeleng Lesofe, Senior Legal Analyst, South African Competition Commission
  • Wang Lile, Director of the Second Department of Antimonopoly Enforcement, State Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China (virtual)

12:20 – 13:30 – Lunch (FGV premises)

13:30-15:00 – Session EcoAntitrust: Presentation of the Project by the BRICS Centre & IIASA

Description: Digital platforms and digital ecosystems (networks of suppliers, consumers, and other actors formed around the platforms) have taken centre stage in the digital economy and have been pulling over an increasing share of economic activity. These new phenomena have already created serious enforcement challenges for competition authorities around the world. Complex and adaptive nature of ecosystems dictates also the adaptation of competition laws to the realities of the ecosystem economy.  This session includes two different presentations of the results of the EcoAntitrust project, which aims to provide a framework for using ecological concepts to understand the competitive environment and design optimal antitrust remedies.

  • Chair: Patrícia Regina Pinheiro Sampaio, Professor, FGV Direito Rio

Speakers:

  • Alexey Ivanov, Director, BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre
  • Elena Rovenskaya, Program Director, IIASA

Discussants:

  • Paulo Furquim de Azevedo, Professor, INSPER
  • Tembinkosi Bonakele, Former Chairman, South African Competition Commission
  • Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto, Professor, FGV Direito São Paulo

Social activities

16:00–18:00 – World Cup game broadcast

20:30 – Participants’ dinner

Day 2 – November 25th: BRICS + Digital Competition Workshop & Book Launch

9:30 – Welcome coffee

10:00 – 12:00 – Session Workshop: Feedback and Discussion on Day 1

Description: This session aims to provide a space for reactions, feedback and suggestions over the products that were presented in day 1. It will include reflections by the BRICS authorities on a refined approach to antitrust analysis in digital markets, as well as over how a more ‘ecoantitrust’ approach could contribute  to the global discussion about the adaptation of competition law to the new economic and social reality.

  • Chairs: Alexey Ivanov, Director of BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre; and Elena Rovenskaya, Program Director, IIASA; and Nicolo Zingales, Professor at FGV/RJ

Speakers:

  • Víctor Oliveira Fernandes, Commissioner, CADE
  • Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) Russia
  • Rodrigo Luchinsky, President, NCDC, Argentina
  • Mahmoud Momtaz, Chairman, Egyptian Competition Authority
  • Wang Lile, Director of the Second Department of Antimonopoly Enforcement, State Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China (virtual)
  • Shri Rajinder Kumar, Director of Economics, Competition Commission of India
  • Itumeleng Lesofe, Senior Legal Analyst, South African Competition Commission
  • Vikas Kathuria, Associate Professor, BML Munjal Law School
  • Aldash Aitzhanov, President of Center for Development and Protection of Competition Policy
  • Cui Zhiyuan, Professor, School of Public Policy and Management in Tsinghua University (virtual)

12:00-13:00 – Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 – Case-study: Hypothetical BRICS Merger Review

This workshop proposes a reflection on a hypothetical merger of two digital ecosystems in the form of a case study to discuss the potential and challenges of the BRICS+ cooperation in antitrust enforcement.

  • Chairs: Caio Mario de Silva Pereira Neto,Professor, FGV Direito São Paulo; and Eduardo Gaban, Director of Brazilian Institute for Competition and Innovation

Case presentation:

  • Alexey Ivanov, Director, BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre
  • Daria Kotova, Researcher, BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre
  • Jia Kai, Associate Professor, School for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (virtual)

Case Discussion Panel:

  • Ricardo Medeiros de Castro, Deputy Chief Economist, CADE
  • Víctor Oliveira Fernandes, Commissioner, CADE
  • Gustavo Augusto Freitas de Lima, Commissioner, CADE
  • Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) Russia
  • Shri Rajinder Kumar, Director of Economics, Competition Commission of India
  • Itumeleng Lesofe, Senior Legal Analyst, South African Competition Commission
  • Wang Lile, Director of the Second Department of Antimonopoly Enforcement, State Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China (virtual)
  • Rodrigo Luchinsky, President, NCDC, Argentina
  • Mahmoud Momtaz, Chairman, Egyptian Competition Authority
  • Tembinkosi Bonakele, Former Chairman, South African Competition Commission
  • Omarov Marat Talgatovitch, Chairman, Agency for Protection and Development of Competition of the Republic of Kazakhstan

15:00-15:30 – Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30 – Book launch Digital Ecosystems: a Brazilian perspective (Register here)

Description: This session will include a few presentations of and reactions to the book “From Digital Platforms to Ecosystems: Challenges and Proposals”, FGV Press 2022 (edited by Nicolo Zingales and Paula Farani de Azevedo). It will share insights and reflections on how the Brazilian legal system can deal with the peculiar characteristics of digital ecosystems.

  • Chair: Nicolo Zingales, Professor, FGV/RJ

Presenters:

  • Juliana Domingues, Chief Prosecutor,CADE (virtual)
  • Paulo Furquim, Professor, INSPER
  • Rafaella Schwartz Jaroslasky, former Researcher, CTS-FGV
  • Bruno Droghetti, Partner, Figuereido e Velloso
  • Bruno Renzetti, Professor, INSPER

Discussants:

  • Camila Leite Contri, Researcher, IDEC
  • Rafael Zanatta & Helena Secaf Santos, Executive Director andResearcher, Data Privacy Brasil (virtual)
  • Michel Roberto de Souza, Public Policy Director, Derechos Digitales (virtual)
  • Silvia Fagá Almeida, Director, LCA Consultores
  • Carolina Saito, Researcher,USP
  • Marcela Mattiuzzo, Researcher,USP

17:30 – 18:00 – Closing and farewell