Investigative Strategies and Techniques to Fight Bid Rigging Cartels to Strengthen Competition Law Enforcement in ASEAN Region under.
Kuala Lumpur, 27 April 2017, Under JAPAN-ASEAN Integration Fund Project on Technical Assistance for ASEAN Competition Authorities, Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU) working together with Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and also Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) was held two days workshop “Investigative Strategies and Techniques to Fight Bid Rigging Cartels” on 26-27 April 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The workshop attended by 30 participants from 9 ASEAN member countries, and collect expert from Japan by Prof. Iwakazu TAKAHASHI, Hassan Qaqaya from Melbourne University, DR. Sukarmi from KPPU, Mr. Iskandar Ismail from MyCC and some collegues from JFTC also contribute in this event.
The workshop was focused on strategies and techniques on bid rigging cartel enforcement. Some of ASEAN member countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam Philippines also join to share their experience on bid rigging cases. The topics discussed in this workshop related to indirect evidence, formal tools for detection cartels, leniency program, tools to fight bid rigging in public procurement screening, intersection between cartel enforcement and againts corruption, international coordination to increase the efficiency of cartel investigation also experiences/ challenges and difficulties in obtaining reliable evidence.
JFTC also demonstrate on the spot inspection and asked some of participant to join became the JFTC investigator and reported party to be role play for on the spot inspection. The group divided into three groups. Most of participants very enthusiastic with this session. In the last session, JFTC divided participants into three groups, consist of the investigators, the judges, the company. Assumed that the company was have cartel case, and than investigator lead an interview with the company, and the judges will announced whether the company was guilty or not.
The mainly purpose of this program is to enhanced the capacity of ASEAN Member States in enforcing competition law. Thus this program also consist of training course, sub regional workshop and staff exchange program which is KPPU cooperated with JFTC and ASEAN Secretariat conduct this project until the end of 2018. The program expected ASEAN will advanced itself through international practices and experiences among member states.