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Director-General of the World Trade Organization

The Director-General of the World Trade Organization is responsible for supervising the administrative functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Because World Trade Organizations' decisions are made by member states (through either a Ministerial Conference or through the General Council), the Director-General has little power over matters of policy - the role is primarily advisory and managerial. The Director-General supervises the WTO secretariat of about 700 staff and is appointed by WTO members for a term of four years.[1]

The current Director-General is Roberto Azevêdo of Brazil, since 1 September 2013.[2]

Before the creation of the WTO, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade had a series of Directors-General. Peter Sutherland was the last DG of GATT and the first of the WTO.

Past Directors-General

This is a list of former holders of the office of director-general. The post was created in 1995, although the earlier office of Executive Secretary is often seen as a direct equivalent.

Name Took office Left office Country
1 Peter Sutherland 1 July 1993 1 May 1995 Ireland
2 Renato Ruggiero 1 May 1995 1 September 1999 Italy
3 Mike Moore 1 September 1999 1 September 2002 New Zealand
4 Supachai Panitchpakdi 1 September 2002 1 September 2005 Thailand
5 Pascal Lamy 1 September 2005 1 September 2013 France
6 Roberto Azevedo 1 September 2013  ---- Brazil



  1. ^ See document WT/L/509, accessible from [1]
  2. ^ McClanahan, Paige (2013-05-08). "Roberto Azevêdo to be named new World Trade Organisation chief". Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Previous GATT and WTO Directors-General". WTO. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 

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