Unfair Trade Practices in ASEAN

Unfair trade or competition practices constitute an important part of antitrust statutes in many countries. In the developing ASEAN countries, however, laws and regulations dealing with unfair trade practices vary, enforcement is weak and the issue is not yet considered high priority. This project seeks to generate policy debate on unfair trade practices in selected ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam).

Researchers will investigate the prevalence, nature and adverse effects of unfair trade practices on business and consumer welfare. They will compile a body of knowledge on unfair trade practices. And, they will build support on the part of policymakers, consumer advocates and the general public for the development of appropriate regulatory frameworks. The research results will inform the discussions of the ASEAN Experts' Group on Competition.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, December 20, 2010

End Date

Monday, July 8, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Due, Evan

Total funding

CA$ 338,100


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Alice Pham


Consumer Unity & Trust Society

Institution Country

Viet Nam

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