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It is the first time that the WTO allocates half of all vice-president seats to women

Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: THX / TTXVN

According to the latest appointment decision, Ms. Angela Ellard (American) and Ms. Anabel Gonzalez (Costa Rican) will be deputy director of WTO together with Mr. Jean-Marie Paugam (French) and Mr. Truong Huong Than (Chinese National).

Previously, the WTO had a woman as deputy general manager, but Ms. Okonjo-Iweala emphasized that “this is the first time in the history of this organization, there are half of the vice-general directors’ seats available to the sub-general manager. female”.

With the above appointment decision, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala, who recently took office on March 1, has made a pledge to strengthen the organization with competent leaders while ensuring gender balance in senior positions. high. The new decision also guarantees the former principle of balance, including 1 seat for China, 1 seat for the US, 1 seat for the European Union (EU) and 1 seat for a developing country in another region. Each deputy general manager will handle four or five areas of the WTO, such as legal matters, market access, development, agriculture and commodities, and intellectual property …

Ms. Ellard served as the head of the trade advisory team in the US Congress, while Ms. Gonzalez was a former Secretary of State and held a senior leadership position at the World Bank (WB) and is in charge of the agriculture and commodities at the WTO.

Mr. Paugam is the permanent representative of France to the WTO and has held high positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. Zhang is also a Chinese Deputy Trade Minister, who has just been appointed as Beijing’s permanent representative to the WTO.

The WTO held a meeting of the general assembly on April 28-29. This is the highest level decision-making body of the WTO, with representatives of all 164 member countries.

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