World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Analysts say that the Korean trade minister's advancement into the select group is a recognition of her competitiveness as a candidate for the headship of the global trade body. 

"Generally, two factors play into the selection of director-general of the WTO (and indeed most multilateral organizations like it)," Rohinton P. Medhora, president of the Centre for International Governance, based in Ontario, Canada, told The Korea Times. "First is the 'constituency' the candidate represents, be it a country, a region, or something thematic like subject-area expertise and background. The second is the qualifications and capability of the candidate herself/himself. The...

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