New York University School of Law and Concurrences Review hosted the 3rd Edition of the conference “Competition and Globalization in Developing Economies” at NYU School of Law in New York City on Friday, October 28, 2016. Trevor W. Morrison (Dean, New York University School of La ) welcomed over 110 participants from 21 jurisdictions to the conference, which featured the law, practice, and policy in several of the most antitrust prominent developing nations, including China, India, Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa.
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEECH: JONATHAN FRIED
THE PLACE OF COMPETITION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL TRADE AND ECONOMIC ARCHITECTURE
The conference opened with a keynote delivered by Jonathan Fried (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada, World Trade Organization, Geneva) regarding the place of competition and development in global trade and the global economic architecture more generally. Mr. Fried laid out the background of his speech by introducing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals, also known as SDGs), adopted by the UN General Assembly last year. The Agenda defines sustainability not only in environmental terms, but also with regard to economic and social dimensions. Trade liberalization and market opening were not identified as targets or goals, Mr. Fried noted, but rather as key means towards achieving other goals. While “trade” is mentioned 19 different times in the SDG action plan, the word “competition” is absent. Bringing trade and competition together in the name of sustainable development, Mr. Fried delivered three main messages.