The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally recorded Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the “most likely to attract consensus” for the position of Director General.
Recall that a panel of three senior WTO ambassadors had on October 28 recommended to delegates that the Nigerian candidate had a wide margin of support and was best poised to command a consensus from the organisation’s 164 members.The WTO chooses a DG by consensus.
In a late night tweet, Okonjo-Iweala disclosed that the WTO made the recommendation formal on Friday.
While thanking the organisation, the former finance minister in Nigeria stated she was looking forward to “further progress at the appropriate time”.
“Thank you @WTO for today’s step in the formal recording of my leading position as Most Likely to Attract Consensus for WTO DG,” she tweeted.
“Every step is important. ‘Look forward to further progress at the appropriate time.”
The US opposed Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy in October. The nation backed her only contender and South Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee.
The opposition pushed a decision on the next DG of the trade body to November 9, less than a week after the US presidential election.
It’s not immediately clear if a Joe Biden victory in the election would change US’ position.
But the Nigerian-American is expected to pull through and be appointed the first female and first African DG of the Geneva-based trade body. (Aledeh)