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General Council H.E. Mr Harald NEPLE (Norway)
Dispute Settlement Body H.E. Mr Xavier CARIM (South Africa)
Trade Policy Review Body Ms Irene B.K. YOUNG (Hong Kong, China)
Council for Trade in Goods H.E. Mr. Hamish McCORMICK (Australia)
Council for Trade in Services H.E. Mr. Gustavo Miguel VANERIO BALBELA (Uruguay)
Council for TRIPS H.E. Mr. Modest Jonathan MERO (Tanzania)
Committee on Trade and   Development H.E. Mr. Christopher ONYANGA APARR (Uganda)
Committee on Balance-of-Payments Restrictions H.E. Mr. M. Shameem AHSAN (Bangladesh)
Committee on Budget, Finance   and  Administration H.E. Mrs. Inga ERNSTSONE (Latvia)
Committee on Trade and   Environment H.E. Mr. Héctor CASANUEVA (Chile)
Committee on Regional Trade Agreements H.E. Mr Daniel BLOCKERT (Sweden)
Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance H.E. Mr. Atanas Atanassov PAPARIZOV (Bulgaria)
Working Group on Trade and   Transfer of Technology H.E. Mr. Luis Enrique CHÁVEZ BASAGOITIA (Peru)
Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation H.E. Mr Esteban Conejos (Philippines)
Dispute Settlement Body, Special Session H.E. Mr. Mame Baba CISSE (Senegal)

Following the approval of the chairs by the General Council, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo thanked the departing General Council chair, Ambassador Fernando de Mateo of Mexico, for his excellent work. He said: “With your sheer determination and wealth of knowledge and experience, you have steered the General Council to function smoothly in 2015. And of course this includes the process of intense consultations leading to Nairobi. Your commitment was decisive in achieving successful outcomes at MC10.”

DG Azevêdo congratulated the new General Council chair, Ambassador Harald Neple of Norway. He said: “This appointment is the recognition of the extensive work that you have carried out for the WTO. In particular, I would like to thank you for your efficient stewardship of the DSB [Dispute Settlement Body] and your tireless efforts in the run-up to Nairobi in your role as a Facilitator.”

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