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8 February 2000
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WTO Chairpersons for 2000

The WTO General Council today (8 February) noted the consensus on the following slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies:

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General Council

Amb. Kåre Bryn (Norway)

Dispute Settlement Body

Mr. Stuart Harbinson (Hong Kong, China)

Trade Policy Review Body Amb. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Council for Trade in Goods

Amb. Carlos Pérez del Castillo (Uruguay)

Council for Trade in Services

Amb. Sergio Marchi (Canada)

Committee on Trade and Environment

Amb. Yolande Biké (Gabon)

Committee on Trade and Development

Amb. Ransford Smith (Jamaica)

Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions

Amb. Milan Hovorka (Czech Republic)

Committee on Regional Trading Agreements

Amb. Edsel T. Custodio (Philippines)

Committee on Budget, Finance and Admin.

Mr. Hakki Akil (Turkey)

Working Group on the Relationship between Trade and Investment

Amb. Man Soon Chang (Korea)

Working Group on the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy

Prof. Frederic Jenny (France)

Working Group on Transparency in Government Procurement

Amb. Ronald Saborío Soto (Costa Rica)

The General Council also noted that the Chairmanship for the Council on TRIPS will be appointed pending further consultations and taking into account the overall balance of the remaining Chairmanships to be appointed by the Council for Trade in Goods for its Subsidiary Bodies.

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