#WTODG: Okonjo-Iweala optimistic “despite hiccups”

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has expressed optimism towards her bid to become the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Taking to her Twitter handle on Thursday, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala expressed happiness for the success and continued progress of her WTO DG bid.

She noted that she has been declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members and most likely to attract consensus.

“Despite hiccups,” she said, she is keeping the positivity going.

She tweeted:

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!

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!

— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) October 29, 2020

ElombahNews reported that the two-time Minister of Finance in Nigeria was slated to be the new WTO Director-General but there was an unexpected obstruction in the process.

In a last ditch move, the United States representative at the World Trade Organization took to the floor to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender.

He said that Washington will not recognise Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.

Based on this new development, the General Counsel shifted its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, which has been fixed for November 9 after the US presidential elections.

In a viral video, the Trade Organisation admitted that Okonjo-Iweala could not be confirmed because President Donald Trump rejected her appointment as next Director-General.

WTO’s effort to name a new leader, thereby, hit wall following the development.

On its part, WTO said in honour of its 25th anniversary, that it is on the verge of getting its first female Director-General, celebrating the Women Pioneers of the Organization.

It tweeted:

In honour of the WTO’s 25th anniversary, and as the WTO is on the verge of getting its first female Director-General, we celebrate the Women Pioneers of the Organization. These women have made significant contributions to the WTO & have shaped int’l trade as we know it. #WTOat25 pic.twitter.com/sjzb5bTaPQ

— WTO (@wto) October 19, 2020

Okonjo-Iweala is Board Chairman of Gavi, the Global Vaccine Alliance, Board Chairman of African Risk Capacity Group and former Managing Director Operations at the World Bank. [Source Link]

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