Republic of Korea to nominate Minister for Trade Yo Myung-hee as candidate for WTO Director-General post



Terence P. Stewart | Current Thoughts on Trade

According to KBS World Radio, the Republic of Korea will put forward Korea’s Trade Minster on Wednesday as a candidate for the WTO Director-General post. That will make Minister Yoo Myung-hee the fifth candiate put forward to date. The link to the news clip is here,

This is Korea’s third nomination of a candidate for the Director-General position, the other nominees also having been trade ministers for the Director-General positions in 1994 and 2012 (former ministers Kim Chul-su and Bank Tae-ho).

Information of Minister Yoo’s background is available from Wikepedia,,it%20was%20created%20in%201948. Her education and prior jobs are listed on the Ministry for Trade webpage, She received a B.A. and an M.A. from Seoul National University in Korea and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Universty Law School in the United States. Minister Yoo assumed the trade minister position in March of 2019 and has been part of the Korean government in various positions since 2006.

Once her nomination is received by the World Trade Organization on Wednesday, her bio as forwarded to the WTO will be posted on the WTO website.

Korea treats itself as a developing country although it has indicated to the United States that it will not seek special and differential treatment in future agreements.

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