On March 25, Pierre Sellal, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed Bark Tae-ho, Korea’s Trade Minister, and Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Kenya’s former Ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Both are candidates for the position of WTO Director-General.
The Secretary-General had already met with five other candidates to succeed Pascal Lamy: Brazil’s Ambassador to the WTO, Roberto Azevedo; Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Pangestu; Mexico’s former Trade Minister, Herminio Blanco; New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Minister for Climate Change Issues, Tim Groser; and Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel Gonzalez.
The nomination period ended on December 31, and there are nine candidates to succeed Pascal Lamy, who served two consecutive terms at the helm of the organization. The WTO member states must choose their new Director-General by May 31, and he or she will take office on September 1, 2013