The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has been awarded three-star rating by the London-based Global Competition Review (GCR), in its annual ranking of the World’s top antitrust/competition authorities.
Alongside the three-star rating, GCR has shown CCP’s performance indicator with upwards arrow as, “improving upon its previous accomplishments.” The CCP’s three-star rating brings it at par with the competition authorities of countries including, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, Israel, and Romania.
GCR’s Rating Enforcement and star-rating is the result of an independent and objective process scrutinising information and data supplied by the competition authorities, the GCR’s daily reporting, and interviews with lawyers and economists on the quality of an agency’s work in their jurisdiction. Their analysis rates each authority on a scale of one to five stars.
In Pakistan’s country brief in the Rating Enforcement, the GCR noted: “The Competition Commission of Pakistan has made several substantial strides in the past couple of years and re-established itself as one of the region’s key competition enforcers.” The Chairperson, Ms. Rahat Kaunain Hassan who re-joined in July 2020 credits this achievement to CCP’s team. Ms. Hassan stated that international benchmarking will help CCP maintain the right focus and it will contribute to its better performance.
GCR particularly recognised and appreciated CCP’s performance in enforcement, stating that: “With just 45 non-administrative competition staff and a starting budget of approximately €4 million, the CCP does well with its modest resources.”
Referring to CCP’s sugar order, it noted that “CCP’s most eye-catching achievement of 2021 was the decision to impose a record fine of about €200.6 million (PKR 44 billion) in August 2021 against several companies for “compulsive or pathological” collusion in the sugar sector.”