Edited by Josef Drexl, Mor Bakhoum, Eleanor M. Fox, Michal S. Gal and David J. Gerber
Chapter 11: Economic Integration and Competition Law in Developing Countries
JOBNAME: Drexl PAGE: 3 SESS: 5 OUTPUT: Tue Jul 10 16:13:59 2012 11. Economic integration and competition law in developing countries Josef Drexl 1. INTRODUCTION Developing countries may have a variety of reasons for introducing competition law in the framework of regional integration systems. Sometimes regional competition law simply comes as part of a more comprehensive package on economic integration. In this regard, the very successful European competition law model seems to work as the most convincing argument for agreeing on a regional competition policy. Hence, developing countries seem to ‘cut and paste’ the European integration model by liberalizing trade within the region and protecting such trade against cross-border restraints of competition. The EU itself tends actively to export its model, such as in the framework of the recent Economic Partnership Agreement with the CARIFORUM States (EU-CARIFORUM EPA).1 This agreement obliges the Caribbean states to have a CARICOM Competition Commission,2 which was consequently established in Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname.3 1 Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part,  OJ L 289/I, p. 3. See also Stewart, T., ‘Regional Integration in the Caribbean: The Role of Competition Policy’, in this volume, Ch. 8. For an evaluation of this policy, see also Bakhoum, M. (2010), ‘Commerce International, Politique de Concurrence et Accords de Partenariat Economique: Réﬂexions sur les Enjeux et Perspectives d’un Triptyque’, Revue Africaine sur le Commerce et...
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