Okonjo-Iweala Thanks Buhari, NASS, ECOWAS For Support As WTO DG Race Enters Selection Phase

The Federal Government has said it will do everything within its powers to ensure that Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

The spokesperson for the Ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye, disclosed this in a statement titled: ‘Update on Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s aspiration to lead the World Trade Organisation.”

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It said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the third and final round of the selection process of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization was concluded on Tuesday, 27th October 2020, and the result was formally announced on Wednesday, 28th October 2020.

“The candidate from Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured the support of the majority of the member countries but is yet to be declared and returned the winner.

“This is because apart from winning the election, all the 164 Member States of WTO were expected to adopt the winner by consensus, in accordance with the rule of procedure of the WTO.

“It is important to highlight that Dr Okonjo-Iweala has secured cross-regional backing with only the United States opposing the consensus.

“Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that the lofty aspiration of her candidate to lead the World Trade Organisation is realised.”

The United States is opposed to Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature.

A meeting of the General Council of the WTO has been scheduled for November 9, 2020, for the final decision on the election process.