February 17, 2014 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau
Commissioner of Competition John Pecman met with the heads of the U.S. and Mexican competition agencies in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 2014.
Commissioner Pecman joined Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and President Alejandra Palacios Prieto of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission in a productive discussion on cross-border collaboration in competition law enforcement.
The meeting builds upon joint work undertaken by the four agencies over a number of years, and allowed the heads of the agencies to exchange information and discuss enforcement priorities, policy issues and recent developments in each jurisdiction.
- Canada has cooperation agreements on competition matters with both the United States and Mexico, which facilitate collaboration between competition law enforcement agencies.
- Meetings with the Bureau’s international counterparts reflect the Bureau’s commitment to increased international cooperation and the exchange of best practices.
- Strong cooperative relationships with the Bureau’s international counterparts aid in the effective enforcement and administration of the Competition Act.
"The United States and Mexico are important economic partners, and we are continually exploring avenues to further enhance the efficiency of collaboration between our jurisdictions. By sharing our experiences and responses to common challenges, we are creating a strong, cohesive approach to North American competition law enforcement."
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