New Zealand asks Tajikistan to support its candidate for WTO Director General

New Zealand has asked Tajikistan to support its candidate for the Director General of the World Trade Organization, CA-News was told in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on Tuesday.

This issue was discussed at the meeting of Economic Development Minister Sharif Rahimzoda and Ambassador of New Zealand Vangelis Vitalis on Monday in Dushanbe.

The Ambassador of New Zealand asked Tajikistan to back New Zealand's nominee for WTO Director General Tim Groser.

Tajikistan has become the 159th member of the World Trade Organization in March 2013. The country has not decided yet which candidate to support.

“Rahimzoda underlined that Tajikistan will support a candidate, who will be able to make a worthy contribution into development of commercial and economic relations after thorough examination of the election program of all nominees,” the Ministry's press service said.

New Zealand has become the sixth country to ask Tajikistan to vote for its candidate. Earlier, Brazil, Jordan, Mexico, South Korea asked Tajikistan's support. Ghana, Costa Rica and Kenya also nominated their candidates for WTO Director General.

The term of current WTO Director General Pascal Lamy will expire on 1 September 2013. The decision on candidates will be announced following the session of WTO General Council on May 31.

The candidates presented their programs by January 31. Many candidates shared their vision of world trade development, primarily further liberalization of the world trade.