Competition and Consumer Protection

We are helping Pacific countries develop well-functioning competition law and consumer protection frameworks.

Weak or ineffective competition is detrimental to consumers, businesses, and economic growth. PSDI works to establish or strengthen competition and consumer protection safeguards in Pacific countries to ensure markets benefit consumers and traders at all levels of the economy.

In markets where competition is weak or nonexistent, consumers pay more for goods and services, their choices are limited, and opportunities for businesses—particularly for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)—are constrained. Competitive markets for goods and services are vital to the success of the private sector and crucial to economic development.

Competition is nascent in many Pacific countries, where small market size leads limits the number of providers of products and services. This makes strong competition policy, and competition law, a vital part of national economic policy.

PSDI helps Pacific governments to strengthen competition frameworks by developing and/or reforming competition laws, establishing regulatory offices, and improving the capacity of regulators.

PSDI’s competition and consumer protection work area focuses on:

  • establishing policy and legislation that promotes competition and strengthens consumer protection;
  • establishing or strengthening competition commissions; and
  • developing technical and crosscutting capacity, particularly in PNG’s competition commission.

Competition and Consumer Protection and COVID-19

For more information on PSDI's Competition and Consumer Protection focus area and COVID-19, click here. 

PSDI has also published three posts considering the impacts of COVID-19 on competition and consumer protection in the Pacific. See “Retail Pricing in the Pacific During the Covid-19 Pandemic”,  “Consumer Protection in Pacific Countries in the Wake of COVID-19”, and "Competition in the Wake of Covid-19: Supporting Pacific MSMEs."

Competition and Consumer Protection at a glance

Competition commissions

established or strengthened in Fiji, PNG, and Samoa.

Competition policies and laws

introduced or being improved in six countries.

Strengthened capacity

of PNG’s competition regulator, leading to improved competition and reduced costs in the telecommunications sector.
Latest News
24 August 2020
PSDI-supported National Competition Policy endorsed by the National Executive Council in PNG

Papua New Guinea (PNG) now has a National Competition Policy which aims to improve economic efficiency, promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and increase consumer welfare through the promotion and maintenance of fair and effective competition in all markets in PNG’s economy.

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12 February 2020
With a More Competitive Private Sector, Everybody Wins

Competition in the marketplace is healthy for a country’s economy—everybody benefits.

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12 September 2019
Vanuatu Competition and Consumer Protection Policy passes

Vanuatu now has a Competition and Consumer Protection Policy. The Council of Ministers recently passed the PSDI-drafted policy, which articulates the government’s goals for developing competitive markets and empowering consumers.

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22 August 2019
Promoting Competition and Improving Consumer Protections in PNG

PSDI, supported by Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea, is working with the Government of Papua New Guinea to promote competition among businesses and improve consumer protections.

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Key Publications
PSDI 2007-2019 Activities and Results Overview
PSDI 2007-2019 Activities and Results Overview
PSDI ended its third funding phase on 31 December 2019. This brochure, designed to mark the end of that phase, highlights key activities and results during PSDI's first three phases (2007-2019).
PSDI Country Overviews April 2020
PSDI Country Overviews April 2020
What is PSDI doing in the Pacific? These factsheets provide an overview of all PSDI activities in the Pacific up to April 2020.
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2018–2019
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2018–2019
This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from July 2018 to June 2019.
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2017–2018
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2017–2018
This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from June 2017 to June 2018.
Papua New Guinea Country Overview 2018
Papua New Guinea Country Overview 2018
What is PSDI doing in the Papua New Guinea?
PSDI’s Second Newsletter: July–December 2016
PSDI’s Second Newsletter: July–December 2016
This newsletter looks back at PSDI activities over the period July-December 2016.