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on the Director-General
“I congratulate Pascal on his selection as Director-General. His experience in
trade matters, his grasp of detail and his proven track record in institutional
management ensure that he will be an excellent Director-General. I look forward
to working closely with him in the future,” said Director-General Supachai
Panitchpakdi, who will assume 1 September the post of Secretary General of the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
“I intend to make every effort to move the Doha Development Agenda negotiations
as far as possible to ensure that we are well positioned for our Hong Kong
Ministerial Conference in December. A solid outcome in our July General Council
will give Pascal a very good platform from which to launch the last stage of
Ministerial preparations,” Director-General Supachai said.
The General Council decision brings to a close the five month process during
which four candidates were nominated by their respective governments. In
addition to Mr. Lamy, the candidates were Carlos Perez del Castillo of Uruguay,
Jaya Krishna Cuttaree of Mauritius and Luiz Felipe Seixas Correa of Brazil.
Following a three month campaign period, General Council Chairman Amina Mohamed
of Kenya, and two facilitators, Ambassador Eirik Glenne of Norway and Ambassador
Don Stephenson of Canada, met with all WTO delegations to learn their
preferences. At the conclusion of each stage of consultations, Amb. Mohamed
informed WTO members of the assessment she and the facilitators had made on
which of the candidates was least likely to attract the consensus required.
Following each assessment one candidate agreed to withdraw from the field. These
procedures were in keeping with guidelines agreed by the General Council in
“This process has proven that WTO Members can work together and take difficult
decisions by consensus. I believe our reaching agreement in this manner bodes
well for us particularly as we seek to advance the Doha negotiations and to
prepare for our Ministerial Conference,” said Chairman Mohamed.
“We were extremely fortunate to have had such excellent candidates for this
important position. Each of them conducted himself with dignity and integrity. I
would like to thank as well the WTO Member governments for adhering so
unfailingly to our guidelines for DG selection and for ensuring that the process
evolved smoothly. My special thanks go to my two colleagues, Ambs. Glenne and
Stephenson for their tireless efforts and support during this process,” she
from Pascal Lamy on his appointment as World Trade Organisation’s