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Mari Pangestu nominated to replace Lamy as WTO chief

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 21 2012   /  11:12 am

(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)Indonesia has entered the race for the leadership of the World Trade Organization (WTO), nominating former trade minister Mari Elka Pangestu to succeed Pascal Lamy when he steps down in August 2013, bringing a second woman and a third continent into the contest.

Mari is the third candidate to be nominated in as many days, following Ghana’s Alan Kyerematen and Costa Rica’s Anabel Gonzalez. All five directors general in the WTO’s 17-year history have been male,
Reuters reported.

Her nomination also comes on the heels of Indonesia’s successful bid to host the WTO’s next biennial ministerial conference, which is set to take place in Bali in December 2013.

Mari, currently Indonesia’s tourism and creative economy minister, was a respected figure in the WTO during her seven-year stint as trade minister because of her strong stance on f...