A basic investigation skills workshop on "Putting Theory into Practice - Gathering Evidence Effectively and Ethically" was held on 29 Sept. - 1 Oct. in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. With officials and investigators from competition agencies in ASEAN Member States (AMS) and Australia, the workshop covered topics such as understanding a case, evidence gathering tools and skills, market enquiries, investigative interviewing and evidence utilisation for decisions making.
"This workshop is designed particularly to assist investigators on how to gather evidence effectively and ethically from various sources, usually with limited resources, and how to use them in the most manageable way to get the designated results," said Mr. Muhammad Syarkawi Rauf, Chairman of the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition of Indonesia (KPPU) in his opening remarks.
Case scenarios were provided to enable practice on sample cases of competition infringement, followed by activities on building an evidence matrix, interviewing witnesses, and conducting in-depth investigations. The ability to formulate case recommendations such as to continue the investigation were emphasised during these exercises.
The workshop featured presentations and activities on the theoretical and practical perspectives of investigation skills. Participants learnt about the value and importance of investigation planning and management and the need to formulate case theories to focus investigative actions. These skills are invaluable given the growing number of investigators in ASEAN as the AMS with competition laws enacted in 2015 begin to undertake competition enforcement.
The Workshop was facilitated by experts and speakers from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), KPPU, Office for Competition (OFC) of the Philippines, Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), Department of Internal Trade (DTI) Thailand, and Vietnam Competition Authority (VCA). It was hosted by the KPPU and supported by the ASEAN Secretariat and Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) Competition Law Implementation Program (CLIP).