It would be impossible to sum up in few words the immense contribution that you have provided to this Organisation throughout your career - as capital based official, Ambassador in Geneva and eventually as Director-General.
I still remember the first time we met to discuss WTO matters – but it was too many years ago, enough to say it was last century when we were both posted in our respective missions to the WTO.
You took the helm of the WTO at a challenging time and three months later you managed to deliver a Trade Facilitation Agreement. The hugs (and some tears of joy) in the final session in Bali marked a landmark achievement and a model for the future which would have not be possible without you.
And it would not be possible because the mix of talents that you put at disposal of WTO Members is unique:
Roberto, a more hidden talent - which looking at your knee today few may suspect – are your football skills. As any great player, you were respected by adversaries and loved by team mates. Your touch and vision allowed this Organisation to score memorable goals and victories – I wish you the same on your future endeavours and all the best wishes to your wife Lélé and family.