FAS WON AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST ON COMPETITION ADVOCACY
The official award ceremony will take place on 21 March in New Delhi (India)
FAS became the winner of competition advocacy contest of the World Bank – the International Competition Network (ICN) in 2017-2018 in the nomination: “Building up markets to develop the private sector”. FAS presented a project: “Developing competition at tenders for public and municipal procurement of medicinal drugs by preventing individualization of procurement objects through identifying insignificant secondary drug characteristics”.
Agencies and companies from 50 countries took part in the contest.
The World Bank published the following commentary on its web-site regarding FAS achievement:
“Based on the studies performed in 2010 - 2017, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia) advocated elimination of the most typical and unnecessary characteristics of products that restricted competition, encouraged collusion and foreclosure of pharmaceutical procurement markets. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health Care, the Ministry of Economic development and the Ministry of Finances, FAS facilitated adopting No. 1380 Government Decree, which will stimulate competition through supporting market entry and participating of private players in the tenders. It is expected that intensified competition will reduce prices, increase drugs availability for the population and more efficient spending of budgetary funds”.
Every year the World Bank together with ICN organizes the contest to choose the best competition advocacy measures under four nominations: “Advancing structural reforms in the key sectors”, “Building up markets for developing the private sector”, “Using the advantages of globalization and commercial openness” and “Improving administrative procedures to eliminate obstacles for competition”.
The criteria for selecting the best competition measures include: successful competition advocacy activity, employed cooperation mechanisms, advocacy strategy, the achieved results, the consequences for the market, distinctiveness, related effects and the derived experience.
Along with FAS, another winner is Brazil Ministry of Finances, while Serbia Competition Authority is an awardee.
The official award ceremony will take place on 21 March 2018 in New Delhi (India) during the Annual Conference of the International Competition Network (ICN). On 22 March the awarded bodies will participate in the session “2017-2018 Advocacy Contest: adopt the best practices of the winners”.
FAS has been taking part in the competition advocacy contest of the World Bank – ICN since 2015.
In 2015 FAS became an awardee under the nomination: “Advancing pro-competitive reforms that facilitate well-being development and improvement”. It presented the project: “Guidelines for non-discriminatory access to purchasing potassium chloride”.