Candidature of Herminio Blanco to head the WTO generates positive perception
Mexico's candidate to the WTO has gathered support from various countries, heading into the first elimination round.
To promote his candidature to the post of Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Herminio Blanco Mendoza has met with representatives of over 85 countries, South Africa among them, including diplomats, government representatives and Heads of State and Government.
In the first 83 days of his campaign, Mexico's candidate to the WTO has traversed vast zones of Africa, Asia, Europe and the American Continent, gathering support leading up to the first elimination round, which will take place between this coming April 2 and 9.
During that period the WTO's General Council, through a consultation process with all Members -including those without permanent representation-, will reduce the number of candidates from nine to five, based on their respective potential for generating support.
Through 70 meetings with representatives of national and international media, in addition to six press conferences held in Mexico and abroad, Dr. Blanco has conveyed his vision for the multilateral trade system and proposed an ambitious work program to deal with the new realities of global trade, and boost economic development in developing economies.
In his meetings, he has reaffirmed his solid determination to responsibly promote his work agenda beginning September 1, 2013, should he be chosen as the new Director General of the WTO, and to thereby consolidate a stronger, more relevant organization.
In regard to the selection process, Blanco Mendoza has stated that he has perceived "a very good reception" of Mexico's candidature, as the first eliminatory phase draws near. During this round, representatives from each country will express their preferences to the troika formed by Shaid Bashir (Pakistan), the Dispute Settlement Body (Canada) and the Trade Policy Review Body (Sweden).
In light of the aim to position only two candidates in the final round, and adhering to the rule of holding three rounds, it is expected that four candidates shall withdraw following the first phase, and three more from the second round, the results of which will be announced on April 10 and 22, respectively.
The process will conclude with a meeting of the General Council called for no later than May 31, 2013, during which the decision to appoint a new Director General will be adopted; the decision will have been reached previously by consensus.
The mandate of the current Director General of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, will come to an end on August 31, 2013, with the new head of the organization to take office on September 1.
It should be noted that during the meeting with the WTO's General Council on January 30, 2013, Blanco Mendoza presented his candidature to the post of Director General, speaking before representatives of the 157 member countries of the Organization and other observer countries.
The Mexican Government is proud to promote the candidature of Dr. Herminio Blanco and his vision for international free trade to represent a lever for development. With a network of free trade agreements with 44 nations, Mexico has one of the world's most open economies, which endorses our country's position as a globally responsible stakeholder.
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MEXICO