Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo of Brazil has been recommended for the role of director-general of the World Trade Organization.
Three facilitators involved in the process of selecting the next WTO director-general recommended the ambassador as the best candidate who can gain consensus approval of the 159 WTO members.
His nomination is expected to be finalized at the next heads of delegation WTO meeting on May 14. If appointed, he will assume the four-year position on Sept. 1, 2013.
Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, applauded the choice.
“We need the WTO more than ever. The organization is at a crossroads,” Donohue said in a written statement. “December’s Ministerial Conference in Bali must provide real deliverables, particularly an agreement on trade facilitation. While success will ultimately depend on the WTO’s member states, incoming Director-General Azevêdo has the skills, knowledge and Geneva-based experience that will be essential to broker a deal.”