It is official. The likely selection of Roberto Azevedo as the next DG of the WTO was made yesterday by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee:
On the basis of all of the above, and in keeping with the Procedures, our assessment of the preferences provided to us by you during this third round of consultations is that the candidate from Brazil, Mr. Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo is the candidate most likely of the two to attract consensus, on the following basis:
- Mr. Azevêdo carried the largest support by Members in the final round and has consistently done so in each round; and,
- he enjoyed support from Members from all levels of development and from all geographic regions and has done so throughout the process.
The next step would be convening of a special meeting of the General Council on Tuesday 14 May 2013 where the sole item on the agenda will be the appointment of the next Director-General of the WTO. At that meeting, and in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 19 of the 2002 Procedures,the name of Mr. Azevêdo as the candidate shall be submitted as the most likely to attract consensus and recommend his appointment by the General Council as the next Director-General of the WTO for a period of 4 years starting 1 September 2013.
This brings to an end the selection process of the next chief of the multilateral trading institution.