FG To Lobby Stakeholders to Ensure Okonjo-Iweala Emerges WTO Head

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to ensure Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by soliciting the support of other members of the in order Organisation.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, only the United States is against the former Managing Director of the World Bank, as all other member states have rooted for her.

The WTO Headquarters.

Ferdinand Nwonye who is the spokesman for the Ministry said that the final decision for who will assume the position is set to be made on November 9th.

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 Organisation 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.”

The statement went on to say that the Ministry will continue to dialogue with relevant stakeholders in order to garner support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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