CPD Event: "Competition Order 2015"

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Categories: Current Affairs
November 01, 2019

With the support of Competition Commission Brunei Darussalam (CCBD) and the Ministry of Development (MoD), PUJA Academy Sdn. Bhd. organised a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Event in collaboration with Pertubuhan Ukur, Jurutera dan Arkitek (PUJA) Brunei yesterday morning at the Atria Simpur Hall, Public Works Department (JKR) Headquarters. 

Featuring Competition Advisor Dr. Hassan Qaqaya from the Melbourne Law School as the main speaker, today’s dialogue session was an initiative to provide awareness and understanding on the Competition Order 2015, which is a law that aims to promote market efficiency and consumer welfare in Brunei Darussalam’s economic landscape. The law serves to prevent businesses from restricting fair competition processes in a market through the prohibition of anti-competitive conducts, namely Anti-Competitive Agreements (Cartels), Abuse of Dominant Position and Anti-Competitive Mergers.

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Competition Advisor, Dr. Hassan Qaqaya (Right), speaking at yesterday's dialogue session on the "Competition Order 2015" at the Public Works Department (JKR) Headquarters

The dialogue began with opening remarks by Dayang Heidi Farah Sia binti Abdul Rahman, Acting Director of the Department of Competition and Consumer Affairs representing the Executive Secretariat to the CCBD, where she highlighted the importance of understanding the objectives and scope of the Competition Order towards promoting self-compliance, in order to foster a healthy business environment and create more opportunities and room for businesses to grow.

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Acting Director of the Department of Competition and Consumer Affairs, Dayang Heidi Farah Sia binti Abdul Rahman, delivering her opening remarks at the event

An introduction to the Order was also conducted as part of the event. Presented by  Dayang Nurulizzati binti Haji Jahari from the Department of Competition and Consumer Affairs. The introduction mainly covered the key prohibitions in detail, with references made to some regional competition cases.

Following the presentation was an interactive discussion with the participants concerning relevant matters, including the application of the law to trade and professional associations; recommended fees; and policy coherence with the objectives of the law.

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Guests and participants during the dialogue session

Among the over 60 participants who attended the event was the Chair of the CCBD, Yang Berhormat Dayang Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii, alongside PUJA members, local business owners, private sector representatives as well as government officials. A token of appreciation was presented, at the end of the event, to CCBD’s Executive Secretariat by PUJA’s Vice-President and Chairman under the Engineer Division, Ir. Awang Haji Mohammad Zin bin Haji Mohd Salleh.

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PUJA's Vice-President and Chairman under the Engineer Division, Ir. Awang Haji Mohammad Zin bin Haji Mohd Salleh (Right) presenting a token of appreciation to CCBD Executive Secretariat representative and Acting Director of the Department of Competition and Consumer Affairs, Dayang Heidi Farah Sia binti Abdul Rahman (Middle), as witnessed by  the event main speaker, Competiition Advisor Dr. Hassan Qaqaya (Left)