ISLAMABAD - The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) on Monday announced holding of its second International Conference on December 1-2 with the collaboration of Competitiveness Support Fund/USAID. The theme of the conference is, Competition Enforcement Challenges and Consumer Welfare in Developing Countries. The conference, which takes place in Islamabad, will provide a rare opportunity to hear from internationally acclaimed experts on competition law from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Far East and South Asia. The local panelists include representatives of the consumer right associations, the business community, the Competitiveness Support Fund, and the Government of Pakistan. The conference participants include senior management members of corporate firms from across all sectors of the economy, legal community, academia, autonomous bodies, state-owned enterprises, other public and private institutions and the Government of Pakistan. The conference aims to examine the status of competition enforcement in various jurisdictions with particular reference to the emerging economies such as Pakistan. It is also expected to explore and strengthen the relationship between competition enforcement and consumer welfare in developing countries. The conference will address five themes: Challenge for Competition Agencies to Deal with Cartels and Cartels in Disguise; Deceptive Marketing and Consumer Protection; Lessons Learnt and Sharing of Country Experiences in Advocacy and Enforcement; State Aid and Distortion in Competition, and; Public Procurement/ Collusive Bidding affecting Consumer Welfare. In these sessions, the panelists will share their perspectives and experiences in the enforcement and advocacy of competition law in their respective countries. The conference underscores the shared commitment of the governments of Pakistan and the United States of America to promote healthy competition and to strengthen and make the private sector more competitive.