BREAKING: Dr Okonjo-Iweala Makes The Cut As WTO Shortlists Candidates for Next Round.

Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala advances to the next stage of WTO DG selection process. Nigeria’s candidate for the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has made it to the next round of voting after a selection process which saw three candidates miss out. With this development, five candidates are still in the race for the WTO top job after securing enough support to guarantee a place in the next round of voting. In a statement obtained on the WTO website, General Council Chair, David Walker of New Zealand, and his two co facilitators in the selection process revealed the five candidates who had secured the broadest and deepest support from the WTO membership and should consequently advance to the next stage of the process. After due consultations, the selected members are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom. The General Council Chair, Amb. Walker said, “Throughout the six days of consultations it was clear to us that the entire membership is both committed to and fully engaged in this process. Members consider all (the candidates) highly qualified and respected individuals. I would also like to pay tribute to the dignified manner in which they, their delegations, and their Governments have conducted themselves in this process. Their willingness to engage, especially at these challenging times, has been greatly appreciated, and the Organization is in their debt. Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all Members. I am sure I speak on behalf of all of you in wishing them well in their future endeavors .” WTO Can Help World Economies Bounce Back from Recession – Okonjo-Iweala. According to the WTO, the candidates that failed to make the next round are Jesus Seade (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), and Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt). The exit of Jesus Seade of[…]

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