Sims - chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) - has been confirmed in the role by the steering group of the ICN.
In the role Sims will focus on co-ordinating ICN projects and discussions about competition in the digital economy and will also act as a liaison between the ICN Steering Group and ICN members in the Asia-Pacific region.
“I am very pleased to take on this role. Competition regulators are increasingly dealing with global issues that require global responses, underscoring the importance of the ICN’s work,” Sims said.
“Competition authorities around the world have much to discuss and learn from each other as we continue to face the challenges posed by the need to promote competition and good consumer outcomes in many areas of the digital economy.”
The ACCC says Sims will work closely with ICN Chair Andreas Mundt, the President of the German Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), together with the ICN’s other Vice Chair, Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner of the South African Competition Commission.
The ICN which now has over 120 member agencies is a consensus-based organisation of national and multinational competition law enforcement authorities, and Australia was a founding member in 2001 together with 13 other jurisdictions – Canada, European Union, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, and Zambia.