Hopes for Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, to assume to top job at the World Trade Organization (WTO) have reportedly been dashed with her failure to make the short-list of candidates.
According to The Jakarta Globe, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed Pangestu’s elimination as a candidate for chief of the WTO.
Pangestu is reportedly still in Geneva, but expected to return to her job in the cabinet in Jakarta shortly.
Prior to her elimination, Pangestu was reportedly among the final 5 in contention for the job. Her selection would have represented the first woman chosen to lead the WTO.
The WTO mediates global trade negotiations and is committed to opening markets and removing trade barriers, subsidies and discriminative taxation policies that inhibit free trade.
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