WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala passes Round One Screening

Former Ministef of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has progressed to the second round of screening for the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

The race for the WTO top job heated up yesterday after the organization eliminated Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi for failing to secure enough support in a first of three rounds of voting.

The organisation is expected to narrow the field to two final candidates in the coming weeks.

The second phase of consultation is scheduled to commence on Thursday, September 24 and run until Tuesday, October 6 after which the WTO will announce two final candidates.

WTO will announced the new DG by November 7 to replace Brazil’s Roberty Azevedo.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, was at different times Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs and former Managing Director of the World Bank. She is set compete with the remaining 4 candidates.

The Saudi candidate, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, is a former Minister of Economy and Planning while Liam Fox served as U.K.’s Secretary of State for international trade.

Yoo Myung-hee from South Korea was also Trade Minister just as Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril was Kenya’s former International Trade Minister.

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