WTO Accepts Nomination Of Okonjo-Iweala As DG.


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has acknowledged the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the candidates for the office of the Director-General of the organisation.

His excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020,” the organisation said on its website.

The nomination of the Okonjo-Iweala by president Buhari was on objected by Eqypt on the basis that

When President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job, Egypt went on the offensive.

The country argued that the executive decision of the African Union (AU) which had set a deadline of November 30, 2019 for African countries to nominate candidates had been violated. They argued that her nomination was coming rather late and therefore should be disregarded.

“According to the timetable announced by the Chair of the General Council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020,” a statement on the WTO website said.

“Shortly after the nomination period has closed, candidates will be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, present their views and take questions from the membership.”

Other nominated candidates for the post so far include, Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt and Mr. Jesús Seade Kuri of Mexico.

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