International Workshop 


'Achieving Food Security in India: Improving Competition, Markets and the Efficiency of Supply Chains'


24 November 2009 

The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi, India 


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Registration and Welcome Tea:   9.30 am


Plenary Session: 9.15 to 11.00 am


Welcome RemarksDr. Rajesh Chadha Senior Fellow, NCAER 


Co-Chair: Mr. Suman Bery, Director General, National Council for Applied Economic Research 


Co-Chair: H.E. Mr. Peter Varghese, Australian High Commissioner


Welcome and Project-Related Remarks: Dr. Simon Hearn, Senior Adviser, ACIAR 


Project Backdrop: Mr. Scott Davenport, Chief Economist, EPRB, Industry & Investment NSW, Orange, Australia       

Co-Project Leader with Dr. Rajesh Chadha 


Keynote Speaker: Prof. Allan Fels AO, Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government

The Role of Competitive Markets in Achieving Food Security in India   


Project Backdrop: Prof. Ramesh Chand, National Professor, NCAP

Chief Guest: India's Food Security: Issues, Challenges and the Reform Agenda 


Vote of Thanks: Dr. Rajesh Chadha   

Morning Tea: 11.00 am


Technical Session -I: Competition Reform & the Food Chain: 11.30 am to 1.00 pm

Chair: Mr. Dhanendra Kumar, Chairperson, Competition Commission of India

Presentations: 20 Minutes Each

Prof. Steve Mc Corriston, Exeter University

"Understanding Competition in Food Chains " - Paper : Presentation


Mr. B.J. Phillips, Head of the Competition Division, OECD

"A Methodology for Identifying Regulatory Restraints on Competition" - Presentation


Dr. Rajesh Chadha & Mr. Scott Davenport

"A Pilot Study: Regulatory Constraints to Competition in India’s Food Chain" - Paper : Presentation



Floor Discussion and Comments by Chair

Lunch: 1.00 to 2.00 pm


Technical Session -II: Identifying Key Issues and Areas for Further Work: 2.00 to 4.00 pm

Chair: Prof. Mahendra Dev, Chairman, CACP

Presentations: 20 Minutes Each

Dr. Eduardo Pérez Motta, President, Federal Competition Commission, Mexico

"Making Markets and Competition Work: Key Initiatives, Mexico" - Presentation


Mr. Bharat Desai, Senior Vice President, Reliance India

"Competition in Food Chains: Vertical Integration" 


Prof. Donald MacLaren, Melbourne University

"State Trading Enterprises: What Analyses are Required?" - Paper : Presentation


Prof. Arvind Panagariya, Columbia University

"Research Agenda for Competition Policy and Market Reforms" - Presentation


Floor Discussion and Comments by Chair

Afternoon Tea: 1.00 to 2.00 pm


4.30 pm

Prof. Sisira Jayasuriya, La Trobe University, Melbourne

"Relating the Proceedings of the Day with the Project Milestones"


Panel Discussion: Identifying Key Competition Policy & Research Priorities for 2010: 4.45 to 6.30 pm

Chair: Prof. Allan Fels and Mr. R. Gopalan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce


  • Mr. Suman Bery

  • Dr. Shashanka Bhide (Senior Research Counsellor, NCAER) 

  • Ms. Jyoti Gujral (Senior Consultant Infrastructure, (IDFC)

  • Mr. Pradeep Mehta (Secretary General, CUTS) 

  • Mr. Augustine Peter (Former Economic Advisor, CCI) 

  • Dr. Anil Sharma (Senior Fellow, NCAER)

Floor Discussion

6.30 pm: Dr. Simon Hearn: Observations and Suggestions

6.45 pm: Mr. Suman Bery: Summary and Conclusions

Cocktails and Dinner : 7.00 pm


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