79 countries support Okonjo-Iweala for WTO’s topmost job


Former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Friday assessed her chances in the forthcoming election into the position of director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and concludes that things  were looking bright for her.

Okonjo-Iweala claimed to have the backing of 79 of the 164 members of the WTO, including the African Union (AU).

According to her, “I feel the wind behind my back.”

She spoke during a virtual press briefing.

Okonjo-Iweala described the support of the AU as thrilling, adding that some Caribbean and Pacific countries were also rooting for her.

“I feel quite confident that across the regions, we will be able to attract support,” she said.

The European Union has yet to indicate its preference between the two candidates.

The other candudate she is locked in the contest with is Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Monday, assured Okonjo-Iweala during her visit to Aso Villa in Abuja that he would push her until she won.

The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time.

The prize goes to any of them who wins eventually.

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