Washington, DC - Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will participate in the 13th annual International Competition Network (ICN) conference in Marrakech, Morocco, from April 23-25, 2014.

At the conference, antitrust officials and private sector antitrust experts from around the world and representatives of intergovernmental organizations will discuss key competition issues and recent ICN work in the areas of agency effectiveness, mergers, unilateral conduct, cartels, and advocacy.

Conference panels will discuss the application of competition law to state-owned enterprises, competition agencies’ investigative processes, competition advocacy, effective anti-cartel enforcement, legal standards applicable to unilateral conduct, and international enforcement cooperation. Member agencies also will finalize work programs for the coming year and engage in long-term planning.

Chairwoman Ramirez will give remarks during the plenary panel on international cooperation in merger cases.

In October 2001, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice joined with antitrust agencies from 13 other jurisdictions around the world (Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Zambia) to create the ICN.  The ICN now includes 129 member agencies from 116 jurisdictions. The goal of the ICN is to provide a forum for antitrust agencies to address enforcement and policy issues of common interest and to propose ways that member governments could more closely align their policies and enforcement.