WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala remains only candidate as Myung-hee withdraws

Okonjo-Iweala fate of being the DG of WTO is known today

South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee withdrew her bid to lead the World Trade Organization, leaving former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the only remaining candidate for the job and setting up a key decision by WTO members to approve her appointment. Yoo decided after discussions with the U.S. and other major nations, and took various issues into account including the need to revitalize the multilateral organization, according to a statement from Korea’s trade ministry on Friday. “There was no consensus,” Yoo said. “So we needed enough time for…

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WTO DG: ECOWAS endorses Okonjo-Iweala

ECOWAS nominates Nkonjo-Iweala for WTO DG

The Economic Community of West African States has certified the candidacy of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation. This was contained in a statement signed by the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, on behalf of the Heads of State and Government. Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, had been nominated for the top job by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The leaders of the regional bloc “acknowledged the strong academic and professional background of Dr Okonjo-Iweala and her very large experience…

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