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Director-General selection timetable 2012–13
The appointment is made by a consensus decision of the General Council, which consists of all WTO members. Nine candidates were put forward by their governments during the nomination period which closed on 31 December. The candidates presented themselves to the WTO membership in the General Council, 29–31 January 2013. They also spoke to the press.
From 1 April the General Council chair (Amb. Shahid Bashir of Pakistan), assisted by chairs of the Dispute Settlement Body (Amb. Jonathan Fried of Canada) and the Trade Policy Review Body (Amb. Joakim Reiter of Sweden), will consult all members. Their task is to help members build a consensus, and move from the initial field of candidates to a final appointment no later than 31 May 2013. On 19 March, the General Council chairperson told ambassadors how the consultations would be organized.
On 12 April, the General Council chair reported the result of the first round of consultations, and announced a revised slate of five candidates.
On 26 April, he reported on the second round, with two candidates remaining: Mr Herminio Blanco of Mexico and Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo of Brazil.
On 8 May, the three chairs recommended Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo of Brazil to members as the consensus candidate. He was formally accepted as the next Director-General by the General Council on 14 May.
1 November 2012 Communication from the General Council Chair to members
Procedures for the appointment of Directors-General (WTO document code WT/L/509)
Selection process in 2009 back to top
At the end of the nomination period, Pascal Lamy was the only candidate. In April 2009, WTO members reappointed Mr Lamy as Director-General for a second four-year term, starting on 1 September 2009.
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Selection process in 2005 back to top
candidates in 2005 back to top
Listed in the order in which their nominations
Carlos Pérez del Castillo
Jaya Krishna Cuttaree of
Luiz Felipe de Seixas Corrêa of Brazil
Pascal Lamy of France