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World Trade Organization holds elections for top spot

Published: January 29, 2013
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Source: AFP

Candidates from nine mainly developing nations face off this week for the job of reviving stalled global trade talks as the new head of the World Trade Organization.

Six men and three women, many of them current or former government ministers, have thrown their hat into the ring to replace Frenchman Pascal Lamy as head of the WTO.

“It is very good for the organisation to have so many candidates with so much experience and knowledge of the WTO system,” agency spokesman Keith Rockwell told the Swiss news agency ATS Monday.

The candidates, the largest number to vie for the top post since the WTO was created in 1995, face the WTO’s general council over three days beginning Tuesday as the selection process gets underway.

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