Competition, Regulation and Development Research Forum : Competition and Regulatory Implementation Issues in Developing Countries

Many developing countries have adopted market-oriented reforms as a part of the globalization and liberalization process. However, due to market distortions, the need to ensure proper access to essential services requires effective regulation. Accordingly, developing countries are legislating or revising their market-regulatory regimes as an integral component of governance in these countries. The adoption of regulatory laws is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the market reform and poverty reduction agenda in developing countries; implementation is equally important. Developing countries often face institutional difficulties in enforcing their market regulatory regimes. Low levels of economic development and accompanying political economy considerations create challenges that influence the operation of regulatory institutions. The level of research and public discussion on regulatory issues in developing countries is extremely limited. Responding to this need, this project aims to undertake research and facilitate public debate on issues around the implementation of regulatory regimes in developing countries.

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Project status


Start Date

Thursday, September 14, 2006

End Date

Thursday, January 29, 2009


18 months

IDRC Officer

Due, Evan

Total funding

CA$ 195,200


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Pradeep Mehta


CUTS International

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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