22 February 2017

PSDI-drafted report on improving PNG’s competition and consumer framework released for public comment

The consultation draft of a report produced by PSDI as part of the Papua New Guinea’s Consumer and Competition Framework Review (CCFR) has been released for public comment.

The CCFR’s Public Report and Recommendations is the result of extensive consultations with business and consumers across PNG on consumer issues and competition law and regulation. It assesses the effectiveness of current laws and regulations enforced by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC).

Referencing feedback gathered during the consultations, the report offers 188 recommendations in the areas of:
consumer protection
competition policy and law
economic empowerment of women
industry regulation
price monitoring and control, and
the competitive environment for business.

A series of public workshops to discuss the report’s findings and recommendations will be held in Port Moresby, Lae, Kokopo, and Goroka during March and April

Once comments provided on the consultation draft and gathered in the upcoming workshop have been considered, a final set of recommendations will be provided by the review team to the Government of PNG.

The CCF Review was initiated by the Department of Treasury to examine the laws and institutions that protect consumers and promote competition in Papua New Guinea, and to make recommendations for their improvement.

The draft report has been released for review and comment by the public. It is available for download from www.ccfreview.info and comments can be submitted to comment@ccfreview.info until 28 April 2017.