Sunanta Kangvalkulkij first Thai to serve as chairperson of WTO Council

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2011

Bangkok – The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Boonyarit Kalayanamit, said Thailand’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, has become the first Thai ever to be voted the new chairperson of the WTO General Council.

The WTO’s main mission is to negotiate, establish and supervise trade rules that apply to all member countries impartially and without discrimination to encourage global trade to be more liberal.

The organization also has a trade dispute resolution mechanism to create fairness for members and allow the current international trade to be operated transparently.

However, taking this position is considered a challenge because international trade is currently under surveillance as a result of the trade war between the United States and China.