Japan, Sep 2020. CMX Partnerships Director, Mr. Juan Navarro, was the keynote speaker for the APEC Policy Dialogue on Competition Policy event held virtually on September 16-17. The objective of this international event was to examine the value of including high-quality and comprehensive competition related rules in Free Trade Agreements that ensure a competitive business climate by providing a predictable and supportive environment for business and investment. During his keynote Navarro presented some of the main challenges and obstacles that competition policy faces in the context of trade accords but also some of the remedies to overcome these and move forward in the solutions.
Additionally, Navarro participated in other panel discussions as part of the Policy Dialogue where he was joined by distinguished academics, international experts and senior officials from organizations such as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Vietnam Competition Council, the Canada Competition Bureau, the Philippine Competition Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Japan. In these panels, Navarro explained how competition-related provisions could contribute not only to promote fair competition, and ensure equal treatment among business stakeholders, but also to ensure inclusiveness and equal opportunity for Small and Medium Enterprises and underrepresented groups such as women and young entrepreneurs. APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum whose primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.