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WTO Profile: Taeho Bark, Korea

GENEVA — Korean trade minister Taeho Bark said his own life experience watching his country grow from poverty to affluence would help him convince other countries to complete the Doha Round of trade negotiations if he becomes the next director-general of the World Trade Organization. Read More...

WTO Profile: Heminio Blanco, Mexico

GENEVA — Herminio Blanco, Mexico’s chief negotiator in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round, said here last week that his success in those negotiations show that he could be a successful director-general of the World Trade Organization. Read More...

WTO Profile: Ahman Hindawi, Jordan

GENEVA — Ahmad Hindawi, a Jordanian government official for most of the past 25 years, told the World Trade Organization General Council and the media last week that the issues facing the WTO are the conclusion of the Doha Round and internal reform. Read More...

WTO Profile: Amina C. Mohamed, Kenya

GENEVA — Kenyan diplomat Aminda Mohamed told journalists at the World Trade Organization last week that while her candidacy for director-general is not based on her being an African woman, “it would be a wonderful signal if the organization decided [to choose] a woman, an African woman … that Africa is doing well, [with] high growth and the leadership of an organization like this.” Read More...

WTO Profile: Tim Groser, New Zealand

GENEVA — Tim Groser, the New Zealand trade minister who chaired the agriculture negotiations when he was New Zealand’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization, told the General Council and reporters on Wednesday that the next director-general must deal not with a “crisis” but a problem of long term “relevance.” Read More...

WTO Profile: Anabel González, Costa Rico

GENEVA — Anabel González, the Costa Rican foreign trade minister who headed the World Trade Organization’s agriculture division from 2006 to 2009, presented her credentials to the General Council and the media on Tuesday.
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WTO Profile: Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia

GENEVA — Mari Elka Pangestu, an Indonesian government minister who is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, was among the first group of candidates for director general of the World Trade Organization to present themselves to the WTO General Council and the media on Tuesday. Read More...

WTO Profile: Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, Ghana:

GENEVA — Alan Kyerematen, a former Ghana trade and industry minister and ambassador to the United States, made the case that he should be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization to the WTO General Council and to the press on Tuesday. Read More...