The fate of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a top gun for the post of Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), will be sealed on November 9, 2020.
This is according to a statement released on Thursday by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwoye.
Speaking on Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s aspiration to lead the WTO, Nwoye explained that the third and final round of the selection process of the DG of the WTO was concluded on Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 and the result was finally announced on Wednesday, 28th October, 2020.
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He added that Okonjo-Iweala had already secured the support of majority of the member countries but yet to be declared the winner because the United States opposed the consensus made by the other 163 countries.
Nwoye, however, noted that the final decision on the WTO election process will be made on November 9, 2020.
He concluded that “Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that the lofty aspiration of her candidate to lead the WTO is realized”.
Read the full statement below:
Meanwhile, on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari held a video conference with the President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel during which the later assured the President of his continued support for Okonjo-Iweala.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a 2 term Minister of Finance in Nigeria.
If her election as the DG of WTO scales through, Okonjo-Iweala will be the first African female to ever hold that position.