WTO Announces Next Step For Azevedo To Become New Director 08/05/2013 by Intellectual Property Watch 1 Comment Print This Post The World Trade Organization today announced that the three facilitators charged with consulting WTO members have recommended Brazilian Amb. Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo become its next director general. The facilitators said Azevêdo is the candidate most likely to gain consensus among member states. The membership is expected to approve the recommendation at a special meeting on 14 May, according to a WTO press release. Azevêdo beat out eight other top candidates in a consensus-taking process over the past few weeks. The final round was between him and former Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco. The WTO General Council chair told members that Azevêdo carried the largest support by members in every round, and garnered support from members “from all levels of development and from all geographic regions and has done so throughout the process.” The director general position is a four-year term, renewable for another four years. Related Articles: Race For WTO Director General Down To Five Candidates Final Two WTO Director Candidates Highlight Technology And IP WTO Makes It Official: Azevedo Takes Over 1 September "WTO Announces Next Step For Azevedo To Become New Director" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.