Nov 5, 2008

WTO: HAS Lamy Just Thwarted Brazil's Plans For Takeover?

WTO DG Pascal Lamy has just notified the WTO membership that he will be seeking a second term. Here is the media release

General Council chairperson Bruce Gosper informed WTO members on 4 November 2008 that Director-General Pascal Lamy has announced he will seek a second term in office when his current term expires in 2009.

Ambassador Gosper said he had received a letter from Mr Lamy telling him about the decision. The Australian ambassador, who presides over the selection, had reminded members of the selection procedure (WT/L/509) at the General Council meeting on 14 October 2008.The procedure requires the incumbent to declare 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.