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Competition Policy and Regulation in Ports and Shipping

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  • Gilberto M. Llanto

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  • Enrico L. Basilio
  • Leilanie Basilio
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    The Philippines is an archipelago of approximately 7,107 islands. It has a long coastline extending to 235,973 square kilometers which is longer than that of the United States (UNESCAP 2002b). The countrys archipelagic configuration requires an efficient maritime transport infrastructure composed of ports and shipping for growth and socioeconomic integration. The integration of peripheral islands to the urban economic nodes such as Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao and General Santos and the diffusion of investments and economic activities fundamentally count on an efficient road and maritime transport network. This paper examines competition policy and the regulatory framework of the port and shipping sectors. It assesses the policies and programs of the government in promoting competition in these sectors and recommends areas for policy and regulatory reform. After a brief description of the analytical underpinnings of competition policy and regulation the paper reviews the present state of competition and regulation in Philippine ports and interisland shipping to identify emerging issues that call for policy action. It provides specific recommendations for policy and regulatory reform.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22648.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2005
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    Keywords: maritime transport; ports and inter-island shipping; competition policy; regulatory framework; market contestability; landlord port model;

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    Cited by:
    1. Russell Pittman, 2009. "Competition Issues in Restructuring Ports and Railways, Including Brief Consideration of these Sectors in India," EAG Discussions Papers 200906, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
    2. Gilberto Llanto & Eduardo Gonzalez, 2006. "Policy Reforms and Institutional Weaknesses : Closing the Gap," EABER Working Papers 21824, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    3. Briones, Roehlano M., 2009. "Agricultural Diversification and the Fruits and Vegetables Subsector: Policy Issues and Development Constraints in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2009-02, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    4. Yap, Josef T. & Medalla, Erlinda M. & Aldaba, Rafaelita M. & Llanto, Gilberto M. & Lazaro, Dorothea C. & Zafe, Larraine C. & Mantaring, Melalyn C. & Quimba, Francis Mark A., 2010. "ERIA Study to Further Improve the ASEAN Economic Community Scorecard: the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2010-24, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    5. Gilberto Llanto & Eduardo Gonzalez, 2007. "Policy Reforms and Institutional Weaknesses - Closing the Gap," EABER Working Papers 21872, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.

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