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Competition Officials From Malaysia And Philippines Hone Their Skills In Evidence Handling And Interviewing

3 July 2018

Manila, Philippines - Competition enforcement investigators from Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) attended a workshop on evidence and interviewing skills on 26-28 June in Manila, Philippines.

The workshop focused on peer-to-peer learning between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), MyCC and PCC, providing participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of ways to gather and handle evidence and to conduct effective interviews.

PCC Commissioner Amabelle C. Asuncion stated "With increased cross-border transactions and rapid digitization, the investigation of infringements has become tougher, infringers have become smarter and finding evidence is harder than ever. It is incumbent upon enforcers not only to be effective in conducting fact-finding and evidence-gathering but to use these skills to stay ahead of the smartest and most sophisticated infringers."

During the three-day Evidence and Interview Skills workshop, participants listened to a number of theoretical presentations and worked through several hypothetical interviews to explore different interview situations and discuss various techniques on how to make interviews more beneficial to their competition agencies investigations. The workshop also provided an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships between the Philippines, Malaysian and Australian competition agencies.

Damian Lim, Principal Assistant Director at the MyCC shared that MyCC is enthusiastic in adopting and implementing the different concepts and practices they learned from the workshop. "The Evidence and Interview Skills workshop was very informative, interesting and impactful. The topics discussed at the workshop, which covered evidence gathering, interviewing methodology and mock interview sessions, generated very engaging discussions among the MyCC, PCC and ACCC," said Assistant Director Lim.

The workshop was organized and delivered by the ACCC, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, as part of the Competition Law Implementation Program (CLIP) Phase II, under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area Economic Cooperation Support Program.

CLIP, through its multiple-year engagement since 2014, assists all ASEAN Member States develop the requisite institutional capacity to effectively implement their respective competition regulations by 2025 and promotes collaboration between competition agencies in the AANZFTA region.

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