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Undaunted by the battle in Seattle

In spite of the battle in Seattle and the subsequent inertia that has gripped the World Trade Organization, Supachai says he is looking forward to taking over from Michael Moore as WTO director-general. “I want to be totally immersed in this work,” he says.

       
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In spite of the battle in Seattle and the subsequent inertia that has gripped the World Trade Organization, Supachai says he is looking forward to taking over from Michael Moore as WTO director-general. It was because he did not want to be distracted by domestic politics that he had opted not to stand in Thailand's elections. "I want to be totally immersed in this work," he says.


He admits that all is not well on the world trade scene and expresses his concern about "all these mobs at international meetings, against globalization and against all sorts of things international, I see it back in my own country in reaction to the crisis. Maybe it is the crisis that has intensified the fears, maybe it is the globalization process around the world that has mutually strengthened the fears."


Whatever the reasons, Supachai expresses his unhappiness that "WTO has crept back into its shell too much.



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