Eight candidates present for the next Director-General of WTO
July 18, 2020
Global Korean Post
The eight candidates nominated for the post of WTO Director-General met with members on 15-17 July at a meeting of the General Council.
Each candidate made a brief presentation to members, including their vision for the WTO, followed by a question-and-answer period.
The eight candidates made their presentations in the order in which their candidatures were received. The eight candidates are:
- Dr Jesús Seade Kuri (Mexico)
- Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria)
- Mr Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt)
- Mr Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova)
- Ms Yoo Myung-hee (Republic of Korea)
- Ms Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya)
- Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
- Dr Liam Fox (United Kingdom)
Each candidate was invited to make a brief opening presentation. This was followed by a question-and-answer period of no more than one hour and fifteen minutes. During the last five minutes of the question-and-answer period, candidates had the opportunity to make a concluding statement if they so wished.
After their presentations at the General Council, each candidate held a press conference at the WTO. These press conferences were webcast live on the WTO website.
The eight candidates were nominated by their respective governments to succeed the current Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, who announced in May that he would step down on 31 August.