Nine contenders are lobbying to become director-general of the World Trade Organisation, stepping in to replace the high-profile Pascal Lamy.
The new director-general, who will answer to the 158 member states of the WTO, is expected to be announced by the end of May.
Indonesia's former trade minister Mari Pangestu has told Australia Network's Newsline her country's experience in using trade to power growth and reduce poverty show strong credentials for that leadership role.
"Over the last decade we have also wanted to play role our in improving global governance," she said.
"We want to make sure that the trading system is open, fair, balanced and transparent and equitable.”
The new WTO director-general will face a tough challenge, as the so-called Doha Round of vital trade liberalisation talks remains stalled after dragging on for years.
Mari Pangestu says she believes the agreement can be revitalised.
"There’s not a magic formula but I have skills as a bridge-builder and honest broker to bring to the table," she said.
While Indonesia is promoting its global trade credentials, at home it's being accused of apparently protecting its farmers.
The United States has sought consultation through the WTO over what it says is a complex and opaque licensing system that impedes the trade in fresh food.
Indonesia has defended its regulations.
Agriculture minister Suswono says the controlled system allows enough food in without putting poor farmers under further stress.
"I hope America can understand our explanation, but if the US decides to continue the process in WTO, it’s alright, as that is their right," he said
"We would also serve our best, because while America has an expectation, Indonesia also has expectations."