FTC hosts stakeholder consultation

On October 23, 2017, the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) together with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) hosted a high level stakeholder consultation with senior representatives of several Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, to discuss the framework for Jamaica’s Merger Review Regime, which is being created with the assistance of a team of consultants. The […]

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FTC cleared to challenge Digicel Claro merger

In a landmark judgment the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has ruled that the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) has jurisdiction over the 2011 acquisition by Digicel Jamaica Limited (Digicel) of Oceanic Digital Jamaica Limited (Claro). The Law Lords considered three main issues and ruled in favour of the FTC on all three issues. In particular, the Privy […]

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NWC’s Proposed Entry in Bottled Water Market: Enhancing or Distorting Competition

The response from some members of the private sector to the National Water Commission’s (NWC’s) announcement that it intends to enter the bottled water market may be right on point in the allusion to its mandate to pursue public welfare: the response, in the main, being it should confine itself to providing efficient service in […]

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Competition should be favoured over Regulation in the Banking Sector

Recently, Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson piloted a Private Member’s Bill to tighten regulations governing the banking sector. The Bill to Amend the Banking Services Act covers three broad areas: (i) regulation of information to consumers; (ii) regulations of customer service standards; and (iii) regulation of fees charged for ancillary services. The motivation behind the Bill is to […]

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FTCNewsLine – July 2017

FTCNewsLine is an online quarterly newsletter of the Fair Trading Commission. In this Issue: 03-17 we feature matters related to the period April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017. FTCNewsLine – July 2017

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FTCNewsLine – April 2017

FTCNewsLine is an online quarterly newsletter of the Fair Trading Commission.  In this Issue: 02-17 we feature matters related to the period January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017. April 2017 Issue

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Shirley Playfair Lecture 2017

On February 22, 2017, the  FTC hosted its  17th lecture in the Shirley Playfair Lecture Series, under the theme “The Quest for Growth: Competition and Industrial Policy, Complementary or Estranged Bedfellows“. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Peter-John Gordon, former Chairman and Commissioner of the FTC and current Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of the […]

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Consumer Choice Cultivates Competition

Consumer choice cultivates competition. This fundamental principle is demonstrated by recent developments in the electricity market. Electricity is important to residential consumers and business consumers (“consumers”) alike. It touches almost all aspects of Jamaican lives. Simple household chores would become mammoth tasks without the aid of washing machines, electric irons and vacuum cleaners. Appliances such […]

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FTCNewsLine – January 2017

FTCNewsLine is an online quarterly newsletter of the Fair Trading Commission.  In this Issue: 01-17 we feature matters related to the period October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. FTCNewsLine – January 2017 Issue

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Store-branded Goods or Branded Goods: the Choice of Christmas Past

As we enter the peak of the Yuletide season, an ever present phenomenon is the impromptu disregarding of “common cents” by consumers.  The giving of gifts and the consumption of tons of food are two of the most symbolic and anticipated activities epitomized by the season. The forced tightening of belts induced by the economic […]

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