Nigerian candidate contesting for the post of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has scaled through to final stage as three other candidates have fallen out of the race after failing to secure enough votes.
This was disclosed today 7th October 2020,as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee have advanced to the final round of selection to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
We also Understands that the official announcement of the two candidates left standing is expected today (Thursday).
Okonjo-Iweala, also a former Nigerian foreign minister, is an economist and development specialist now serving as board chair of global vaccine alliance, Gavi.
She has said the WTO should play a role in helping poorer countries access COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.
The initial pool of eight candidates to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August–a year ahead of schedule, was narrowed down to five last month. The organization aims to find a successor by early November.
We recalls that the European Union approved its support for Nigeria’s choice of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-heed for the top Job at WTO.