For those who follow this year’s election in Geneva for the new WTO Director-General, a Korean nominee, Trade Minsiter Bark Tae-Ho, made a speech that stresses his (and Korea’s by extension) role as a reconciliator.
See the repot at:
Notably, Mr. Bark emphasized the need of “trust” and promoted himself as an “honest broker”. As I have alluded in my other blogs, Korea is a developed nation with very recent memory of being both the least-developed and developing nation. As such, Korea has inspired many developing nations, while at the same time become increasingly friendly with traditional developed nations, owing to its robust economy as well as the full-fledged open democracy. Since the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiation was stalled by the conflicting positions of the developed and developing countries, Korea is appealing to the world of the trust it has gained with both factions.
Share your thoughts, if you may. In particular, many other nominees may say the same, as all the nominees in this year’s electrion comes from developing countries, except for one, New Zealand. In particular, both Indonesian and Mexican nominees are qualified to claim to be “honest brokers”, who has earned tusts of both factions. Considering this background, what other messages do you want to hear more, as a differentiating factor for Mr. Bark?