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NFTC Statement on WTO Director-General Selection Process
Date: 5/7/2013
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC – National Foreign Trade Council Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin released the following statement in reaction to the announcement by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo has been identified as the candidate for the next WTO Director-General around whom consensus can be built:

“NFTC congratulates Ambassador Azevedo on today’s announcement. We admire his extensive experience and deep familiarity with international trade institutions and processes on behalf of Brazil and the focus he has placed on consensus-building in Geneva.

“The next head of the WTO faces two critical tasks in steering the membership toward a successful outcome to the ministerial conference this December in Indonesia and building consensus toward a broader agenda to modernize trade rules for the digital age. We look forward to the conclusion of the selection process and working to further the important work of the WTO over the coming months.”

Following this announcement, under WTO rules, a General Council meeting will be convened no later than May 31, when member countries will be asked to formally take a decision to appoint the new Director-General. See the WTO’s outline of the Director-General selection process at:

Jake Colvin is available for comment. If you’d like to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Cummings at or 202-822-9491.



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