Statement From Ambassador Katherine Tai on WTO Deputy Directors-General Appointments

May 04, 2021

WASHINGTON – Ambassador Katherine Tai released a statement congratulating World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her selection of four new Deputy Directors-General: Ms. Angela Ellard, Ms. Anabel Gonzalez, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam and Ambassador Zhang Xiangchen were first announced earlier today.

“Director-General Okonjo-Iweala’s appointments reflect her commitment to bringing new voices to the WTO at a time when the organization faces real challenges and opportunities for reform and renewal. For the first time, half of the Deputy Directors-General at the WTO are women and the selection of Angela Ellard from the United States brings a proven negotiator and trade expert to this critical role.

“I look forward to meeting all four Deputy Directors-General in Geneva later this year and working with them on an earnest and robust reform agenda while also prioritizing work with WTO members to find pragmatic, effective solutions that save lives and help end the pandemic.”