ISLAMABAD - The Competition Commission of Pakistan hosted the 12th quarterly meeting of Competition Consultative Group (CCG). CCG is a forum provided by CCP to solicit feedback and suggestions on competition related issues and policies from public and private sector representatives, legal community, academia and the govt. The meeting was presided over by CCP Chairperson Rahat Kaunain Hassan and attended by Abdul Ghaffar, CCP Member Cartel, Monopolies and Trade Abuses, Vadiyya Khalil, Member Advocacy and IT, Mueen Batlay, Member Competition Policy and Research, and Dr Shahzad Ansar, Member Office of Fair Trading and Budgetary Affairs. Representatives of the business community, the Pakistan Business Council, the American Business Council, the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Consumers Forum, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, SBP, and the media attended the meeting. The CCP chairperson, while sharing her vision with the CCG members, enumerated the factors leading to making CCP a robust law enforcement agency. She said the dedication and hard work of the tenacious team members of CCP have led the institution to achieve several key milestones. The international recognition being received by CCP for its enforcement actions is a proof of the excellent performance of CCP team. She said it has been our commitment to enforcement that CCP became the first regulatory authority from South Asia - ahead of its counterparts in China, India and Singapore - to be included in the Global Competition Reviews Annual Rating Enforcement. Global Competition Review is the worlds leading anti-trust and competition law journal that is chiefly consulted by lawyers, competition authorities, economists and academics to keep abreast of the latest developments in competition law. 'Rating Enforcement is GCRs annual assessment of the relevant competition agencies in which they gauge the agencys efficacy in preventing and tackling anti-competitive behaviour for the benefits of consumers. The CCP chairperson said a strong base is very important for any institution and any change at the top tier should not affect the institutions sustainable performance. She said it is her priority to provide a strong base to CCP and in this regard the capacity building of the officers is being carried out. She said that while resolution of the funding issue is crucial to make CCP a sustainable institution, and there has been some progress, the reality remains the same that not one of the regulatory bodies have yet started making their payments. She emphasized that it is one of the largest challenges CCP is confronted with. She informed the CCG meeting that more than 170 cases of CCP were pending in various courts of law, which do act as an impediment in transmitting the real fruit of actions taken by CCP to the masses.