ISLAMABAD - Dr Kabir Ahmed Sidhu, Chairman of the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), on Monday, called on the Federal Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar to discuss the CCP’s performance so far. He provided an overview of the CCP’s strategic vision, specially focusing on curbing collusive practices of cartels, market abuse, manipulation, and advocacy. He also apprised the minister about the status of outstanding penalties within the courts. The chairman informed the minister that the Competition Appellate Tribunal has become dysfunctional since 14 July 2023, due to the expiry of term of chairman Appellate Tribunal. Due to lack of quorum, the tribunal cannot make decisions. This has left hundreds of cases pending against sugar, automobile, poultry and cement undertakings. Lack of enforcement will only benefit the cartels and result in higher prices for consumers across the country which will result in higher inflation. Chairman Sidhu also briefed the minister on the CCP’s policy recommendations aimed at addressing market distortions and promoting efficiency within the value chain of essential food commodities.