TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Nov08/02)
5 November 2008
Third World Network

Trade: Lamy seeks a second term as WTO Director-General
Published in SUNS #6583 dated 5 November 2008

Geneva, 4 Nov (Kanaga Raja) -- The Chairman of the WTO General Council informed members Tuesday that Director-General Pascal Lamy has announced that he will seek a second term in office when his current term expires in 2009.

Ambassador Bruce Gosper of Australia said that he had received a letter from Mr Lamy telling him about the decision.

Ambassador Gosper, who presides over the selection, had reminded members of the selection procedure (WT/L/509) at the General Council meeting on 14 October.

According to the WTO, the procedure requires the incumbent to declare that he is a candidate for a second term by the end of November. After that, the election is open until the end of December for additional nominations.

If there are additional candidates, they will then have three months until the end of March to "make themselves known" to members, followed by two months of a selection process, ending at the end of May.

In a communication to the General Council Chair, Lamy said that in keeping with the procedures established in document WT/L/509, "I would hereby like to notify you of my decision to seek reappointment as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation for a further term upon the expiry of the current one on 31 August 2009."

"On my appointment as Director-General on 1 September 2005, I undertook to reinforce multilateralism, to work to ensure that trade opening continues to contribute to development and that the interests of developing countries are placed at the heart of the world trading system. I said then and, I believe it is as valid - if not more - today, that concluding the Doha Development Agenda Round of trade talks goes a long way in achieving these goals."

"And although today we are closer to our goal, much remains to be done, not only to conclude the Doha Round negotiations, but also to ensure a better functioning of the multilateral trading system," he added.