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The race for the leadership of the WTO is launched

After the surprise announcement of the early departure of Roberto Azevêdo at the head of the world trade Organization, a year before the term of his mandate in August 2021, the candidates to the succession of the Brazilian coming out of the wood. "It is time" to have for the first time an African at the head of the WTO, says the Suisso-Egyptian Hamid Mamdouh, who covets the post of director general. "In the framework of the african Union, the countries decided in July 2019 as the next director general of the WTO should be an African. It is a strong feeling", told AFP Hamid Mamdouh. This former diplomat, based in Switzerland for thirty-five years, is currently working for the us law firm King & Spalding in Geneva.

It is not the only one on the continent to want to enter the race. The Nigerian Yonov Frederick Agah, currently one of the deputy directors of the WTO, Benin Eloi Laourou, ambassador to the united Nations in Geneva, have also been pre-selected by the african Union in February. The Kenyan Amina Mohamed, trained as a lawyer in the long journey of a diplomat before becoming a minister, who has already applied in 2013 in the face of the Brazilian, is back in the ranks.

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In Europe, knowing that the member States should consult each other to choose their foal, the name of Sigrid Kaag, the minister of Trade of the netherlands, in office since 2017, has been cited by the chain of Dutch television Nos. Stating that the diplomat, who has worked for more than twenty years at the united Nations would have the support of his international colleagues. "It is an honor to be cited for such an important position, has commented on the interested. We need to see how it goes."

The designation, stated on may 20, the WTO, will begin formally on 8 June. The contenders will have one month, until 8 July to submit their entries.

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