Agencies Sign New Cooperation Agreement with Colombia
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division announced on September 16 that the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have entered into a new antitrust cooperation agreement with Colombia’s Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, stating that the “agreement will enable the antitrust agencies in the two countries to further enhance their law enforcement relationship.”
According to DOJ Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer, cooperation between the United States and Colombia is “critical to maintaining competitive markets in the Americas, particularly for economies as linked as ours.” The agreement contains provisions for enforcement cooperation and coordination, conflict avoidance and consultations for enforcement actions, and technical cooperation. It also contains a provision to maintain the confidentiality of any sensitive information.
The agreement, effective September 16, 2014, is similar to those previously entered into with other countries such as Brazil, Canada, Chile and Mexico, and does not change any current laws in either country. Antitrust agencies from both countries have already established a strong working relationship under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement which was signed in 2006. “We look forward to working with the Superintendence to advance our shared goal of promoting convergence around sound competition policy throughout the hemisphere,” stated FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez.