Race For WTO Director General Down To Five Candidates12/04/2013 by Intellectual Property Watch Leave a CommentShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service, and subscribing to our service helps support our goals of bringing more transparency to global IP and innovation policies. To access all of our content, please subscribe now. You also have the opportunity to offer additional support to your subscription, or to donate.The number of candidates seeking to be the next director general of the World Trade Organization has dropped from nine down to five.The results of the first round of cuts came after the WTO General Council chair met with all 159 WTO members, the WTO announced today.The remaining candidates (not in order of popularity) are:— Ms Mari Elka Pangestu (Indonesia)— Mr Tim Groser (New Zealand)— Mr Herminio Blanco (Mexico)— Mr Taeho Bark (South Korea)— Mr Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)The next round of five-minute consultations with members about these five candidates will start next week. According to the WTO, they will run from 16-24 April. Three more candidates will be expected to withdraw after the second round.Candidates who did not advance after the first round are:— Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen (Ghana)— Ms Anabel González (Costa Rica)— Ms Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya)— Mr Ahmad Thougan Hindawi (Jordan)The basis for selections was the preferences expressed by each WTO member in short consultations, and the candidates’ likelihood to ultimately gain consensus support.“The results were clear and unambiguous, whether measured in terms of number of preferences received, or by breadth of support across geographic regions or across the generally recognized categories of Members – LDCs [least-developed countries], developing countries and developed countries,” the chair said, citing concerns in some quarters about the results.The current chair of the General Council is Shahid Bashir (Pakistan). Outgoing Director General Pascal Lamy is from France. Share this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Related"Race For WTO Director General Down To Five Candidates" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.