Candidates for director-general of WTO ask for Taiwan’s support

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TAIPEI (The China Post) — Campaigns of the candidates seeking to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO, 世界貿易組織) have sought out Taiwan’s support.

Current WTO Director-General Robert Azevedo announced in May that he will leave his post one year earlier than initially planned, at the end of August.

On Thursday, the WTO released the candidates wishing to run in the election. The candidates come from eight different countries from different regions of the world.

Candidates include former Mexico’s former WTO Deputy Director-General Jesus Seade Kuri, former Nigerian foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi.

Also South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, Kenya’s Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Saudi Arabian Economic and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, Egyptian former diplomat Abel-Hamid Mamdouh and the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox are running in the election.

What is exciting is that there are three female candidates in the upcoming election. To this date, there has been no female director-general.

On July 15, the candidates will have a chance to pitch themselves to the rest of the WTO’s members. Chinese-Language media reported that some of the campaigns of these candidates have already reached out to Taiwan to ask for support.

The WTO was established in 1995 and currently has 164 members. It is one of the only world organizations in which Taiwan is a member of.