Yena Lim (The Competition Commission of Singapore): A leading enforcer in a small economy

1. What is your educational background?

2. In the past, you served in many Ministries where you had key positions. Why did you decide to embrace a career in competition?

3. You first joined the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) as a Commission member and later in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer. What are your main responsibilities as CEO? How long is your mandate?

4. Could you describe the role of the President in comparison with the one of the CEO?

5. Could you describe the Competition Law and Policy framework in Singapore? What are the main powers of the CCS to perform these tasks?

6. Are there any pending reforms regarding Competition law and policy in Singapore?

7. What have been the major changes since you took over as CEO? What have been the main challenges so far?

8. What are the CCS’s current enforcement priorities?

9. What have been the major decisions taken by the CCS since you took over as CEO?

10. CCS has always been seen as the most active and successful of the existing competition regimes in ASEAN. As the remaining five ASEAN countries are introducing domestic competition law and policy to comply with the 2015 ASEAN blueprint, what are your main expectations with respect to the setting up of a regional competition framework? How would a regional framework benefit Singapore and the CCS in particular? In your view, is the EU model suitable for ASEAN?

11. Although CCS is seen as a leader in terms of competition enforcement, some critics have recently been voiced on the fact that the CCS does not communicate enough on its decisions and should interact better with stakeholders? How would you react to such statements?

12. What’s the role of the CCS in the international scene?

Interview conducted by Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, French External Trade in Normandy.

Since October 2010 Chief Executive Officer of the Competition Commission of Singapore From 2006 to 2010 Managing Director of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research From 2002 to 2006 Ministry of Trade and Industry: Responsible for Economic policies in favor of Competitiveness and capacity development for the economy From 1999 to 2002 Ministry of Transport: reviewing the market structure for bus and rail transport as well as overseeing liberalization of the taxi sector. From 1991 to 1995 Ministry of Education: in charge of the school physical planning and development and higher education Graduated from the National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) – 2nd Upper Honours Yena Lim, The Competition Commission of Singapore : A leading enforcer in a

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Yena Lim, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, Yena Lim (The Competition Commission of Singapore): A leading enforcer in a small economy, September 2012, Concurrences Review N° 3-2012, Art. N° 48132,

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