WTO: Okonjo-Iweala Reacts As US Tries To Stop Her

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Former Nigeria Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has given update on her quest to become the next Director General of the World Trade Organisation.

On Wednesday, VANTAGE NEWS reported that Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy got the all-clear to emerge as the first female DG of the organisation after a key group of WTO ambassadors proposed her to lead the group.

However, one significant group, the United States of America has opposed her candidacy, declaring their support for South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala would have been officially announced yesterday as chosen by consensus to take up the job but for the US objection which will now take it to election on the 9th of November.

Notwithstanding the latest obstacle to her dream of becoming the next DG of the WTO, the former World Bank director is still confident she would clinch the highly contested position.

In a post on her verified Twitter handle on Thursday, Okonjo-Iweala made it clear that despite hiccups, she’s keeping her positivity and remain hopeful of clinching the position.

She wrote: “Happy for the success & continued progress of our @wto DG bid. Very humbled to be declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members & most likely to attract consensus. We move on to the next step on Nov 9, despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going!”


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