WTO: 2013 NEWS ITEMS

29 to 31 January 2013

DIRECTOR-GENERAL SELECTION PROCESS

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The candidates made their presentations in the order in which their candidatures were received.

Each candidate was invited to make a brief presentation lasting no more than 15 minutes. This was followed by a question-and-answer period of no more than one hour and fifteen minutes.  During the last five minutes of the question-and-answer period, candidates had the opportunity to make a concluding statement if they so wished.

After their presentations at the General Council, each candidate held a press conference at the WTO. These press conferences were webcast live on the WTO website.

The schedule of the press conferences was:

 

29 January

12.45 — Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen (Ghana)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

16.30 — Ms Anabel González (Costa Rica)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

18.00 — Ms Mari Elka Pangestu (Indonesia)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

 

30 January

11.30 — Mr Tim Groser (New Zealand)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

13.00 — Ms Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

16.30 — Mr Ahmad Thougan Hindawi (Jordan)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

18.00 — Mr Herminio Blanco (Mexico)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

31 January

11.30 — Mr Taeho Bark (Republic of Korea)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

13.00 — Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)
Audio: Press conference
> Statement to the General Council

The nine candidates above were nominated by their respective governments to succeed the current Director-General, Pascal Lamy, whose term of office expires on 31 August 2013.

The selection process will conclude with a decision by the General Council no later than 31 May 2013.

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