Groser makes WTO short-list

April 16th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Audrey Young reports:

Trade Minister says his bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation is no longer “a long shot”.

From the original nine candidates, Mr Groser has made it through the next round of five candidates.

Over the next few weeks, they will be reduced to a shortlist of two.

“What we thought was a very long shot I don’t think you could describe as a very long shot any longer,” he told the Herald.

Mr Groser is a former trade ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (), based in Geneva.

He is competing with candidates from Indonesia (Mari Pangestu), South Korea (Taeho Bark), Mexico (Herminio Blanco) and Brazil (Roberto Azevedo).

He said he needed strong support from developed and developing countries to survive this far.

“Given that three out of four members in the WTO, 120 out of 159, are a developing country, I needed to get strong support from developing countries to survive politically.

I would not be surprised if Tim makes the final two. However my expectations are that while Groser is the strongest candidate (by far) on a personal level, being from a developed country will count against him with most of the voting countries. Hence when it gets down to the final two, the other candidate will win through.

I hope I am wrong, as we need a strong WTO to liberalise world trade and Groser would do an excellent job.

The Guardian profiles the five remaining candidates. I think Roberto Azevedo from Brazil could be the one to beat.

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9 Responses to “Groser makes WTO short-list”

  1. iMP (2,383 comments) says:

    So, with Jackie Blue going, and if Groser gets WTO, that’ll be several MPs this term who’ve abandoned parl. for plush jobs from across the spectrum. Rich, Chauvel, Blue, Groser, there are a few others…?.

    [DPF: Katherine Rich retired at an election and got a job afterwards]

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  2. iMP (2,383 comments) says:

    L. Smith, C. Carter…

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  3. iMP (2,383 comments) says:

    Dalziel put on a UN quango..

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  4. iMP (2,383 comments) says:

    What happened to “serving the people” (your constituents…[smirk] archaic term) and being committed to a parliamentary term (only 3 years) for which you were elected?? Parliament is just becoming an employment office foyer.

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  5. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    “So, with Jackie Blue going, and if Groser gets WTO, that’ll be several MPs this term who’ve abandoned parl. for plush jobs from across the spectrum. Rich, Chauvel, Blue, Groser, there are a few others…?.”

    Rich finished the term and then retired at the end didn’t she? Swap her for Lockwood Smith.

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  6. tvb (4,415 comments) says:

    I assume we will get the Commonwealth vote and most of the European vote. But the US will support the Brazilian candidate so it may get down to those two. And where does Australua stand next to Indonesia. Don’t be surprised if we miss put there as well.

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  7. Tautaioleua (304 comments) says:

    The US is currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. I think voting for a New Zealand Director-General of the WTO makes a whole lot more sense than say a Brazilian candidate. NZ could well be the gateway to Asia for central and south America when it comes to trade. A kiwi at the helm of the WTO is more likely to make this happen sooner. Everybody wins :-)

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  8. Fentex (971 comments) says:

    The US is currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. I think voting for a New Zealand Director-General of the WTO makes a whole lot more sense

    That’s a good reason Groser should either withdraw from contention or resign as our negotiator in the TPP talks as he has an obvious conflict of interest in the matter.

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  9. Nostradamus (3,320 comments) says:

    Is Groser coping well with the pressure of applying for a lovely overseas job while having to deal with the pesky parliamentary duties that he somehow got lumbered with (an accidental byproduct of a previous job application for an MP position)?

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