Georgia: Competition Law Program on Abuse of Dominance

April 10, 2019 - April 12, 2019
Participants at the Competition Law Program on Abuse of Dominance in Tbilisi, Georgia

On April 10-12, 2019, in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, CLDP organized a workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia for officials from the Competition Agency of Georgia on identifying and preventing abuse of dominance. The three-day workshop included discussions of the following priority topics for the Competition Agency: assessing market power; analyzing discrete forms of abuse of dominance, including exclusive dealing, predatory pricing and essential facilities; utilizing best practices in investigation and enforcement; and identifying abuse of dominance in the telecom and financial services sectors. A stakeholders meeting on the first day of the workshop provided an opportunity for exchange between the Competition Agency, sectoral regulators, and representatives of the private sector. Discussion at the stakeholders meeting focused on gaps in the legal framework that hinder the enforcement of Georgia’s competition law and the role of interagency communication in abuse of dominance investigations.

This workshop was part of a multi-phase effort by CLDP to assist the Competition Agency with combatting anticompetitive behavior. Preventing abuse of dominance is a critical aspect of competition enforcement in Georgia due to high levels of concentration in major sectors of the economy including the pharmaceutical, telecom, and financial services sectors. These high levels of concentration can lead to exploitative and exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings that harms consumers and competition.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop