Anti-trust authorities are expected to launch more investigations in dozens of industries this year after recruiting more personnel, China Daily reported Tuesday, citing officials. Many local price supervision offices are finding it hard to pursue investigations because of a shortage of personnel, but they are now hiring additional staff, Huang Yong, deputy head of the expert advisory group of the State Council’s anti-monopoly committee, was quoted as saying. There is a plan to recruit at least 170 employees for the anti-trust law enforcement teams, said Xu Kunlin, head of the price supervision department at the National Development and Reform Commission. At present, anti-trust teams are focusing on consumer-related sectors such as telecommunications, vehicles, banking, pharmaceutical products, energy and food, the report said.
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