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 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
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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10 September 2018
Training delivered to PNG’s Independent Consumer and Competition Commission

PSDI competition experts concluded a week of training for staff at PNG’s Independent Consumer and Competition Commission on Friday. The training, on market definition and assessment, was the third PSDI has delivered to the ICCC.

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22 February 2017
PSDI-drafted Report on Improving PNG’s Competition and Consumer Framework Released for Public Comment

The consultation draft of a report produced by PSDI as part of the Papua New Guinea’s Consumer and Competition Framework Review (CCFR) has been released for public comment.

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Key Publications
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.
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2016–2017
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2016–2017
This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from June 2016 to June 2017.
PSDI Country Overviews 2017
PSDI Country Overviews 2017
What is PSDI doing in the Pacific?