NZ may fill top world trade post
A New Zealand candidacy would represent the latest attempt to break European dominance of international institutions. A Canadian politician, Donald Johnston, is competing with Lord Lawson for the top job at the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development.
Lord Lawson's name has also cropped up as a potential successor to Peter Sutherland, who will leave as director-general of Gatt later this year. Others mentioned have included the outgoing Mexican President, Carlos Salinas; Sir Leon Brittan, the EU Vice-President, and Rubens Recerupo, a former Brazilian foreign minister.
However, the main countries are unlikely to accept a politician from a developing country as new head of the WTO, and Mr Burdon is favoured by the US because he comes from a small Asia-Pacific country. Washington, which is also backing Mr Johnston for the OECD post, is pressing for more equal representation of the three trading blocs - Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific - in the international institutions.
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