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POSTPONED - 2019 2020 Competition Advocacy Contest

November 11, 2019-May 31, 2020

Washington D.C.

Competition as a tool to reap the benefits and mitigate the costs of the new economy: Jobs, industry and data

The International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 – 2020 Competition Advocacy Contest. This contest aims to highlight the key role competition agencies, sector regulators and other governmental bodies or non-governmental organizations play in promoting competition by showcasing their advocacy success stories.

  • As defined by the ICN, competition advocacy refers to activities that promote a competitive environment through non-enforcement mechanisms, such as building relationships with government entities, increasing public awareness of competition’s benefits and identifying and removing anticompetitive policies and regulations.

    We are looking for success stories from competition agencies, other public bodies or civil society that demonstrate the tangible results of competition advocacy regarding:

    Theme 1. Unleashing competition for more and better jobs

    Globalization and technological change have been labeled as contributors to recent fall in the labor share of income and concerns regarding the capacity of economies to generate jobs has led to public demands for reviewing market-based policies. In this context, competition authorities may be called to consider in their enforcement and advocacy actions objectives such as the protection of labor income or labor-intensive sectors. This is an opportunity for authorities to show how competition can open markets, stimulate growth and create more and better (higher productivity) jobs.

    Theme 2. Aligning industrial policies with competition principles

    Competition authorities are often confronted with government plans or initiatives to boost the competitiveness of a sector by creating national champions, granting state aid, reinforcing the presence of state-owned enterprises, and protecting nascent or strategic industries. In a context where policymakers may regard competition rules as an obstacle to the implementation of industrial policies, competition authorities face the challenges of advocating the complementary role of these two tools, demonstrating how competition principles can increase the effectiveness of such policies.

    Theme 3. Promoting pro-competition data regulation

    Data has become a strategic variable in the digital economy, particularly when used as a key input for market participation, innovation and expansion. New rules related to the use of data need to account for not only the concerns related to consumer protection and data privacy but also the need to provide access and interoperability between market players. In this context, competition advocacy can help policy makers define principles to inform data regulation and identify how to ensure that markets that rely on data remain contestable.

    Theme 4. Boosting policy effectiveness through better coordination between enforcement and advocacy

    Both competition law enforcement and advocacy have a critical and mutually reinforcing role in achieving pro-competitive market outcomes. Competition agencies may launch enforcement actions following an advocacy initiative if it was not enough to overcome market failures.  At the same time, competition agencies may expand the impact of their enforcement actions by proposing pro-active advocacy initiatives.

  • Competition agencies, sector regulators and other government bodies and non-governmental organizations promoting competition policy are welcome to apply.

    If you are not a member of the ICN, you should reach out to the ICN member in your jurisdiction to inform about your intention to participate in the contest. A list of all ICN members is available here. Joint submissions from ICN members and government bodies or non-governmental organizations are encouraged.

    In order to participate, candidates must complete the online survey. Key information required to apply includes the following:

    The information below will be used for blind review. While answering, don’t identify your institution or jurisdiction. Please use generic words like "legislation", "agency", "region" or "country" to avoid identification.


    A summary of the advocacy initiative (150 words). Please include information covering (i) socioeconomic relevance of the intervention, (ii) the issue tackled by the initiative, (iii) the solution proposed/implemented and/or (iv) impact when available.


    The competition issue under assessment. (150 words)


    The strategy used to address the issue. It can include, for instance, communication strategy, stakeholders involved, resources allocated, evidence building. (150 words)


    The main messages and recommendations conveyed by the advocacy activity. (150 words)


    The results of the initiative. For example: (i) recommendations were implemented by public bodies, (ii) opinions were published or disseminated, (iii) other immediate changes generated by the initiative. (150 words)


    Information whether the initiative (i) is inspired by initiatives of other jurisdictions, (ii) is inspired by other initiatives in your jurisdiction, or (iii) inspired other initiatives locally or abroad. Please provide brief information on other initiatives if applicable.


    Effective or expected socioeconomic impacts. For instance, level of consumer savings, investment, value added, entry of new firms, others. (150 words)


    Lessons learned with the initiative. (150 words)

    Stories submitted to previous editions of the contest that were not awarded are eligible for resubmission.

    The online survey is the only valid application method. Applications through email messages or that fail to provide the required information in compliance with indicated word limits and blind review standards will not be considered.


    Please contact Guilherme de Aguiar Falco with any questions at gfalco@worldbank.org.

    The deadline for submissions is Janary 20th, 2019 (11h59 pm, Washington D.C. time).

  • Submissions will undergo a rigorous assessment of the following criteria:

    • Relevance of the competition issue tackled by the initiative;
    • Success of the advocacy activity - results achieved;
    • Impact and effects on markets, spillover effects and lessons learned;
    • Advocacy strategy - creativity and originality, cooperation mechanisms deployed.

    An independent panel will review the submissions and select the top stories.

    Winning applicants will be invited to present their stories at a joint ICN-World Bank Group event, and winning stories will be featured in an ICN-World Bank Group Publication.

    Winners and honorable mentions will be announced by May 31th, 2020.


  • Deadline for submissions: January 20, 2019
  • Winners Announced: May 31, 2020
  • CONTACT: Guilherme de Aguiar Falco
  • gfalco@worldbank.org