Posted on Thu 29 Oct 2020, 11:11 AM

Key World Trade Organisation (WTO) ambassadors on Wednesday tapped Nigeria’s nominee, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the best pick to lead the organization, but she was opposed by the United State of America (USA), which said it supported South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee instead.

The ‘troika’ of ambassadors heading the WTO’s three main branches determined after four months of consultations with member states that Okonjo-Iweala was the most likely to obtain the consensus needed to take the top job, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell told reporters.

Posted on Mon 12 Oct 2020, 05:09 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja assured Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that the country will explore every opportunity and deploy its entire energy to ensure that she becomes the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Dr Okonjo-Iweala is one of two candidates contesting for the top position of the multilateral institution.

Posted on Wed 7 Oct 2020, 08:27 PM

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has reached the final stage in the race to lead the World Trade Organization. The former finance minister alongside her counterpart, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea, has remained in the running.
 
Sources familiar with the decision said Wednesday, in what will be a first for the trade body.

The official announcement of the two candidates left standing is expected tomorrow.

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