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Let the Consultations Begin

The WTO has begun officially deliberating about which of the 9 candidates will replace outgoing Director-General Lamy.  It will take most of April if not May, too, as the heads of the General Council, Trade Policy Review Board, and Dispute Settlement Board committees circulate among the 150+ diplomats representing member nations of the WTO General Council.  The goal is to arrive at a consensus as the field of 9 is winnowed down to a final candidate-- don't expect that for another six weeks.

While waiting, you can hear each of the candidate pitch to the General Council here, at the WTO's blog which has video of each candidate's press conference from late January.
D-G Candidate Press Conference Videos

If you recall, I expect one of the two Latin American candidates to take the D-G, but anything is possible as the consensus building effort gets underway.  Below are videos from Brazil's Azevedo.

In the meantime, a recent profile of Indonesian candidate Mari Pangestu in the Guardian's development blog highlighted her optimism that the forum remains useful for addressing agricultural trade barriers and the consequential negative results of protection and subsidy on production and pricing.
The Guardian's Paige McClanahan on Pangestu

Other comment from developing nation papers and blogs that may be worth your time:
Shanghai Daily
New Delhi's Business Standard
Beijing's NZWeek


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