ASEAN Competition Agencies Learned and Discussed Competition Analysis in Big Data.

7th August 2018, Singapore – Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU), in cooperation with Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) and Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), held a one and half day workshop on “Big Data and Competition Law”, from 6 – 7 August 2018 in Singapore. This training course was supported by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The purpose of this workshop is to enhance the understanding of ASEAN competition officials on the economic methods and techniques used in competition law enforcement.

The workshop was attended by 42 participants from 10 (ten) ASEAN member countries, and the presentations were brought by prominent experts, namely Prof. Kazuo Tosa from Konan University of Japan, Dr. Hiroaki Ishigaki from NERA Economic Consulting of Japan, Ms. Ariane Jaros Denis from Canada Competition Bureau,and also some expert from CCCS, Ms. Rachel Lee, Mr. Ng Jia Le and Ms. Leow Rui Ping). In the session of country experiences, Canada Competition Bureau and Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) shared their experiences in handling big data cases and its analysis.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Ng Ee Kia, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy, Business and Economics) of Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore, highlighted that competition agency around the world should put their concern in the rapid business development, especially the one which utilize big data.

In order to gain a proper knowledge on the main theme, the workshop discussed the following topics: (i) Definition of big data and key issues, (ii) Challenges in antitrust analysis of online platform industries, (iii) Market definition in big data, (iv) source of market power in big data, (v) assessing network effects in big data and, (vi) data related specific anti competitive practices and analysis. At the last day, all participants were divided into 3 (three) groups and discussed the Google case, where they asked to define and analyse the market.