Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the Government’s nomination of Trade Minister Tim Groser for the job of World Trade Organisation director general.
Key said Groser’s name had been put forward to replace Pascal Lamy, whose successor must be agreed by the end of May.
The WTO decides the rules for world trade.
“Given Tim Groser’s experience in trade, and the blend of both technical and political skills he brings to the table, I believe he is well-placed to advance the complex and challenging issues facing the WTO,” Key said.
“The organisation has a vital part to play in the global economy recovery.”
Former Labour Prime Minister Mike Moore is the only New Zealander to have held the position previously.
I think the vote is in April actually.
There is no doubt Groser is the best individual for the job, in my opinion. His appointment would be great for the WTO and great for liberalising trade.
However many countries do not vote for an individual, but vote for a country. The fact that Mike Moore was the Director-General in the 1990s means some may think NZ have had their turn.
If Groser does get the job, it means another mini-reshuffle for Cabinet on top of the one in January to replace David Carter becoming Speaker.