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    ITC Executive Director reappointed for three-year term

     

     
     
    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2003

    Mr. J. Denis Bélisle of Canada has been reappointed as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

    The appointment, which runs until June 2006, is made on the recommendation of Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Director-General of WTO and Mr. Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of UNCTAD.

    Mr. Bélisle took up his post as ITC's Executive Director in June 1994, and was reappointed in 1997 and 2000. Under his tenure, ITC conducted a continued process of reform and renewal. Requests grow steadily from developing and transition economies for concrete support to their exporters. In 2002, ITC witnessed a 21% increase in delivery.

    Mr. Bélisle has over 30 years of experience in international trade and development, spent about equally in the private sector, public sector and the international civil service. Prior to his appointment at ITC, he served as Canada's Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Niger; as Vice President responsible for private sector collaboration at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); and as Executive Vice President and Member of the Board for Canadian Pacific Consulting Services, a consulting firm active in 64 countries. He has also served on the board of directors of several companies, business associations, government advisory bodies and a university.