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CCCS-ESS Essay Contest

Topic: "Nexus between Competition and Consumer Protection Policies"

Submission Deadline : 1 June 2018

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Details of the Competition 

Categories 'Pre-University' & 'Open'
Topic Brief

This contest invites contestants to examine the extent to which both competition and consumer protection policies can harmonise or complement each other to ensure that markets function effectively. Ideas on how these two functions can be housed in a single agency to offer opportunities and benefits should be discussed, alongside challenges that such integration might bring and how they can be addressed. Suggestions on areas or issues currently present in the market that can be better addressed using both competition and consumer policies can also be discussed.

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Rules and Regulations

All entries must be written in English and accompanied by a completed entry form, signed by the author(s). For joint authorship, only one entry form is required. Submissions should not exceed 2500 words (including references, footnotes, tables, appendices, charts) and should be double-spaced, in Arial size 12 font, on A4-size paper with all pages numbered.

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Submissions Guidelines

Entries should be sent to CCCS_Corporate_Communications@cccs.gov.sg no later than 12 midnight on 1 June 2018, Singapore time. Essays without the official entry form will be deemed to be incomplete and will not be included for judging. The organisers bear no responsibility for any entries which fail to reach the organisers by the stated deadline. Late entries will not be entertained.

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Partners

 CCCS is partnering with the Economic Society of Singapore for this essay competition.

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Topic Brief

Competition and consumer protection policies both have the common outcome of enhancing consumer welfare, but in different ways. Competition policy deals with anti-competitive conduct by businesses, which is not related to merit, innovation or efficiency, as well as advocating pro-competitive regulations and government policies. The aim is to promote healthy competitive markets that will benefit both businesses and consumers in terms of more choices, lower prices and better services and products. Consumer protection policy deals with unfair trade practices that result in consumers being deceived or misled, or which take advantage of a consumer who is not in a position to protect his own interest. The aim is to protect consumers at the demand side by improving market transparency and information flow between consumers and producers, weed out rogue traders and minimise transaction and search costs for consumers.

This contest invites contestants to examine the extent to which both competition and consumer protection polices can harmonise or complement each other to ensure that markets function effectively. Ideas on how these two functions can be housed in a single agency to offer opportunities and benefits should be discussed, alongside challenges that such integration might bring and how they can be addressed. Suggestions on areas or issues currently present in the market that can be better addressed using both competition and consumer policies can also be discussed.


Eligibility

  • Pre-University Category - all pre-universities[1] students studying and based in Singapore, current full time servicemen (NSFs) who have completed their pre-university education; as well as Singaporean students studying in overseas pre-universities.
     
  • Open Category – all individuals living in Singapore as well as Singaporeans living overseas (excluding those who qualify under the “Pre-University” category).

[1] This include, for examples,  Polytechnics, Centralised Institutes, International Schools and Junior Colleges.

Awards

The following awards will be given to the winning essays of each category (Pre-University/ Open):

1st prize - $3,000
2nd prize - $2,000
3rd prize - $1,000
Merit- 3 x $300

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Rules and Regulations

1.   All entries must be written in English and accompanied by a completed entry form, signed by the author(s). For joint authorship, only one entry form is required.

2.   Entries must be the original work of the author(s) and must not have been submitted to any other competition organised by any other organisation or been previously published.  

3.  Submissions should not exceed 2500 words (including references, footnotes, tables, appendices, charts) and should be double-spaced, in Arial size 12 font, on A4-size paper with all pages numbered.  

4.   Each entry should be accompanied by a 300-word abstract that summarises the main points of the essay.  

5.   The author(s)' name should not appear anywhere in the abstract and in the main essay.

6.  Essays are to be submitted ONLY in Microsoft Word by email to CCCS_Corporate_Communications@cccs.gov.sg. Receipt of essays will be acknowledged.    

7.   The deadline for essay submissions 12 midnight Singapore time on 1 June 2018. No late submissions will be accepted.

8.   All essays will undergo a blind review process and will be assessed in confidence by an independent panel of judges based on original insight and ideas, clarity of expression, effective communication of ideas and well-substantiated concepts  and arguments.

9.     By submitting to the CCCS-ESS essay competition, you are agreeing to allow the organisers publish your essay in print and online.

10.   Decisions made by the panel of judges shall be final. Awards will be presented at the ESS Annual Dinner 2018 to be held on 25 July 2018. The judging panel reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes. We regret that only winning participants will be contacted upon finalisation of the results. 

11.   Immediate family members of the contest organisers and judging panel are not eligible to enter the essay competition.  

12.   Enquiries on the CCCS-ESS Essay Competition should be sent to CCCS_Corporate_Communications@cccs.gov.sg.

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Submission Guidelines

The essays should be original, and be well researched and informed based on the topic. 

Presentation

Charts, graphs, tables and infographics may be used.

Essays must be in English and typed double-spaced on one side of each sheet of paper. The essay should not exceed 2,500 words. This includes charts, tables, footnotes, references and appendices.

A summary of no more than 300 words highlighting the main points of the essay must also be provided.

Originality

Essays must be original in content. Entries found to contain plagiarism will automatically be disqualified.

Although essays may draw references from existing works, but they should be materially different from them in terms of analysis, style of arguments and perspectives. This could involve the application of previous works in a different context, or using new/different arguments, or applying new analysis or perspectives that significantly differ from previous works. A bibliography acknowledging references to existing works is required.

Submission

Entries should be sent to CCCS_Corporate_Communications@cccs.gov.sg no later than 12 midnight on 1 June 2018, Singapore time:

  • Essays without the official entry form will be deemed to be incomplete and will not be included for judging.
  • The organisers bear no responsibility for any entries which fail to reach the organisers by the stated deadline.
  • Late entries will not be entertained.
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Updated Date

Last Updated on 01 August 2018