ITPO in India Fined for Anti-competitive Practices

May 3, 2014

Live Mint& The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) US$1.1 million for “abuse of a dominant position.”

ITPO is an Indian government trade promotion agency, which among other activities organises exhibitions and owns and operates some key venues in India, including Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

The case stems from a complaint filed by the Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) that alleged that in 2006 and 2007, the ITPO arbitrarily imposed “time gap restrictions” on two successive exhibitions “having similar product profiles/ coverage.”

The ITPO alleged that these restrictions “adversely affected the established exhibitions of other players in the market by scheduling its own unrecognised exhibitions and refusing the permission to other players on the pretext of arbitrary time gap restrictions.” The restrictions targeted exhibitions to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. That venue is owned and operated by ITPO.

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