FG to ensure Okonjo-Iweala becomes WTO Director-General

FG to ensure Okonjo-Iweala becomes WTO Director-General

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it will continue to engage stakeholders to ensure that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges as the DG of the World Trade Organisation.

Okonjo-Iweala, was named the most preferred candidate on Wednesday by the Organisation but the US opposed her candidature

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In a statement signed by Ferdinand Nwonye, a spokesman, the Ministry said Nigeria will continue to consult with stakeholders ahead of the WTO’s November 9 general council meeting.

“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 (WTO) was concluded On Tuesday, 27th October, 2020 and the result was formally announced on Wednesday, 28th October, 2020,” the statement read.

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

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

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

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

Okonjo-Iweala optimistic: Tweeting on her verified Twitter handle Thursday, she expressed her gratitude with humility for being the candidate with the largest and broadest support for the WTO’s topmost position.

”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”, she wrote

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