The Mexican Competition Commission (COFECE) has the honor of hosting the 2019 ICN Unilateral Conduct Workshop. The workshop will take place on November 14th and 15th at COFECE’s offices in Mexico City, Mexico.
The 8th edition of Unilateral Conduct workshops seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues surrounding the assessment of unilateral conducts in the context of digital platforms. To this end, plenary sessions, as well as break-out sessions discussing hypothetical scenarios, will be used to promote a deeper understanding of these platforms, the challenges involved in their analysis and the sharing of experiences and best practices among workshop participants, including representatives from ICN member agencies and Non- governmental Advisers (NGAs) from around the world. The first day will start off with a plenary on market definition and market power of digital platforms followed by discussions in break-out sessions. The rest of the agenda will focus on recent theory and practice on tying in digital markets and a focused hypothetical case scenario on the topic.
We encourage junior and mid-level staff investigators, attorneys, and economists that carry out investigations to attend the event and register as soon as possible. In addition, we ask you to invite and register one NGA. Registration will be opened until October 11th.
We have procured special rates at three hotels (please see list below). Rooms will be blocked for our event until October 31st. Please take this under advisement and R.S.V.P. as soon as possible. Transportation between the listed hotels and COFECE will be provided on workshop days.
We look forward to welcoming you in November!
On behalf of the UCWG Co-Chairs,
About ICN and UCWG
The International Competition Network has as principal mission to advocate the adoption of superior standards and procedures in competition policy around the world, formulate proposals for procedural and substantive convergence, and seek to facilitate effective international cooperation to the benefit of member agencies, consumers and economies worldwide.
The objective of the Unilateral Conducts Working Group (UCWG) is to examine the challenges involved in analyzing unilateral conduct of dominant firms and firms with substantial market power, facilitate greater understanding of the issues involved in analyzing unilateral conduct, and to promote greater convergence and sound enforcement of laws governing unilateral conduct.
The Federal Economic Competition Commission, COFECE, is the Mexican authority responsible for supervising, promoting, and guaranteeing competition and free access to markets. COFECE was created in June 2013 as part of a major reform of Article 28 of the Mexican Constitution.
COFECE’s mission is to guarantee free market entry and competition as well as to prevent, investigate, and fight monopolies, monopolistic practices, and unlawful mergers; regulate essential inputs and barriers to competition, in addition to any other restrictions to efficient functioning markets in accordance with the Mexican Constitution, international treaties, and corresponding legislation.
COFECE is presently comprised by a Board of Commissioners, the Chairwoman of said Board, the Technical Secretariat, the Investigative Authority and the Internal Comptroller’s Office.
Day 1: November 14th
- Opening Remarks by Alejandra Palacios Prieto, Chairwoman of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)
- Plenary session 1: Recent developments in market definition and market power of digital platform markets
- Plenary session 2: Tying: recent theory and practice in digital markets
- Break out sessions on focused hypothetical cases corresponding to plenaries
- Workshop Welcome Event
Day 2: November 15th
- Plenaries and Break out sessions
- Conclusions and closing session
- Optional Cultural Event: visit to the National Anthropology Museum
The workshop will be held at COFECE’s offices, which are located at:
Revolución 725, Colonia Santa María Nonoalco, Alcaldía de Benito Juárez, 03700, Mexico City.
Entering the building, you will be asked to go through the metal detectors. To your right, you will see the reception area for the event. We recommend arriving 15 to 20 min before to register. COFECE’s staff will be waiting to escort you to the workshop.
Transportation from Mexico City International Airport
Suggested modes of transportation are the authorized taxis from the airport and Ubers.
Upon your arrival, the recommendation is to use the authorized taxi services at the airport. These are the only taxis authorized by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes). Any other service at the airport is illegal (yes, we have our own regulatory barriers to competition!). You must purchase the corresponding ticket in authorized retail outlets before you use their services.
Taxi services are located at the international and domestic entrances at Terminals one and two. In both cases, taxi tickets are sold at the modules located near the arrival gates and in the walkway area. Credit card payments are received. Rates are posted in a visible place and are authorized by the SCT. (More information: http://bit.ly/2Qswdjz)
- Terminal one:
• Porto Taxi
• Sitio 300
• Nueva Imagen and Excelencia
- Terminal two:
• Porto Taxi
• Sitio 300
• Nueva Imagen
• Confort and Yellow Cab
Fare: Rates are determined by the zone traveled to in relation with the airport.
In service: on business days from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost per ticket: 5 MXN
Passengers may purchase reusable smart cards at the stations for 10.00 MXN; the minimum amount to prepay is 3.00 MXN. You may purchase your ticket at both the booths or the ticket machines available at any metro station. On occasion, smart cards may not be available. You will be required to pay with cash. Several stations have stairs (non-electric) which could hinder the movement with suitcases. Beware of pickpockets
See map of Mexico City Metro System: Mexico City Metro map: http://bit.ly/2EwCR3s
Map of Transport Services at Mexico City International Airport
Transportation within Mexico City
You can download the Uber app and use this service in Mexico City.
Metro stations near COFECE
The following metro stations are close to COFECE’s offices.
- San Pedro de los Pinos, (1500 meters) 20 minute walk
- San Antonio, (800 meters) 10 minute walk
- Mixcoac, (750 meters) 9 minute walk
Mexico City Marriott Reforma Hotel
Paseo de la Reforma 1, Col. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06030 Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 276 Col. Juarez C.P. 06600, Mexico City
Per night + Tax
Please make your reservation a soon as possible in order to guarantee your stay in the hotel. COFECE will provide complimentary transportation to and from the above-selected list of hotels on November 14 and 15.
Welcome to Mexico City. If you find yourself with time to explore, there are a few stops and activities we recommend:
National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
Visit the 400 m2 government building that houses the federal executive, which was previously Hernán Cortés’ second residence. It was erected over part of the Moctezuma Xocoyotzin’s Palace (the Tlatoani of the Mexica’s that was informed of the arrival of foreigners on the east coast). The Palace holds murals by Diego Rivera, which graphically narrate Mexico’s history as of prehispanic times to the 20th century, an homage to president Benito Juárez, botanical gardens, the former chamber of deputies, libraries, among others.
Address: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06066 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Free Walking Tour Mexico City
The free walking tour in Mexico City aims to make your experience the most likeable possible in your city, the guides will introduce you to the city through history, traditions, and local folklore by walking. The Pink Umbrella tour starts in front of Palacio de Bellas Artes next to the Alameda Park. Click here for more information.
Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)
With more than 1,600 acres of gardens and history surrounding, the historic hilltop castle provides a spectacular view of the city. Home to the once emperors Maximiliano de Habsburgo and Carlota in 1864. Construction began in 1785 through the Mexican Independence, when it became a military academy. It was not until 1939 that it was open to the public. See paintings, documents, photographies and diverse objects, visit the salons and decks. The walk up is an experience you will never forget. A train is also available.
Mexico City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Hit the major landmarks of Mexico City on this hop-on hop-off bus tour, a convenient way to get your bearings of the large and sprawling metropolis. Enjoy great views and informative commentary as you travel by open-top, double-decker bus, and hop off to sightsee independently. Visit top attractions including the Zócalo, National Museum of Anthropology and Revolution Monument. Buses run from morning until night, so you can experience Mexico City’s most noteworthy sights while shopping and dining at your own pace.
- Visit 17 Mexico City landmarks and attractions on one affordable tour
- Learn about the history of Mexico’s capital from the bus’s on-board audio
- Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of a hop-on, hop-off experience
- Admire the urban landscape from a double-decker, open-top bus
South of the City
San Angel Bazaar
The San Angel Neighborhood not only is site to the Saturday Bazaar, but also churches and art galleries. The Bazaar is between the San Jacinto square and Carme Square, and indoor and outdoor market, showcases jewelry and artwork of some of Mexico’s finest artisans. The best time to visit is in the morning.
Address: Plaza San Jacinto s/n, Col. San Ángel. 01000
The blue House: Frida Kahlo's private universe (Casa Azúl)
Let yourself get lost in the most inner workings of Frida Kahlo’s life and passions by visiting her home in one of Mexico City’s oldest neighborhoods.
Cultural events and Dining in the Condesa neighborhood
There are several dining options in Mexico City, we suggest you start in the Condesa Neighborhood. There are options to suit any budget, from a street food tour, such as the Taste of Condesa Tour to a list of restaurants recognized for their cuisine, you can’t go wrong if you are a foodie or in the mood to experience the combination of culture and palatable history.
You can also take a walking tour of Condesa and Roma using GPSMyCity
Shopping can be a great way to unwind after sightseeing, the city has diverse malls and shopping centers to pick from. Pick and choose from exclusive boutiques and designer stores, up and down Avenida Presidente Masaryk (in Polanco) a shopping strip that rivals Champs-Elysees in Paris and 5th Avenue in New York City.
Address: Avenida Presidente Masaryk, Col, Polanco, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
If malls are your preference, Antara Fashion Hall (Polanco) showcases elegant boutiques and designer stores in an open-air mall.
Address: Avenida Ejercito Nacional Mexicano No. 843 | Col. Granada Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
Nearby Mexico City
Explore the ancient pyramids and plazas at Teotihuacán, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Several hotels offer tours in addition to those available on specialized tourist sites.
- Who can attend the Workshop?
Officials from competition agencies, which are members of the ICN. Participation of NGA’s is by invitation only.
- How can I register for the Workshop?
Register by filling in the online registration form on the website. After the registration form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.
- Is there any participation fee for the Workshop?
No, there is no participation fee. However, participants or their institutions/agencies are responsible for covering travel, accommodation and other related expenses.
- How do I know if my registration has been confirmed?
Your participation in the Workshop will be confirmed by an email from the Mexican Competition Commission, which will be sent following your registration in the system.
- I have not received confirmation of my registration.
In that case, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- May I register on site on the day of the Workshop?
No, registration at the Workshop will not be possible. Please note that pre-registration online is required for all participants.
- I am no longer able to attend, and I have already registered. What should I do?
Please send an email to inform that you are canceling.
- Will printed materials be made available at the Workshop?
Participants will receive a printed copy of the agenda at the conference. Materials will be available for download on the Workshop’s website.
- Will laptops or personal computers be available for rent at the Workshop?
No, participants are encouraged to bring their own devices.
- Will there be Wi-Fi at the conference venue?
There will be free Wi-Fi connection at the conference venue.
- What is the dress code for the Workshop?
You are kindly requested to wear business casual. Please note that the average temperature in Mexico City in November is 23° / 7°C (74° / 45° F).
- How can I book a room?
Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Special rates have been negotiated with Hotel Barceló and Mexico CityMarriott Reforma Hotel. Please go to the Accommodations section of this website for information on the hotels.
- Will I need a visa to travel to Mexico?
Please go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs site: http://bit.ly/2kjh9ci for entry requirements. Should you need an international visa invitation letter from the Federal Economic Competition Commission please select yes on this section in the registration form or contact us.
- Will transportation from the airport to the hotel be provided?
No, you will have to make your own arrangements to get to your hotel. However, should you stay at one of the recommended hotels, transportation will be provided to the conference venue, on a schedule. COFECE will provide transportation from these locations to all activities during the Workshop days.
- What is the currency in Mexico?
The Mexican Peso. For currency rates please check: http://bit.ly/2kjOgg8
What language is spoken in Mexico?
Spanish is the official language spoken in Mexico. The Workshop will be in English, however, there will be at least one break out session in Spanish. Interpreters will not be hired.
- Should I have travel or health insurance during my stay in Mexico City?
It is highly recommended that all participants carry an adequate travel and health insurance, as the organizers of 2019 ICN Unilateral Conduct Workshop cannot accept any liability for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur during the Workshop.
- Who should I contact if I have further questions?