BREAKDOWN: WTO: I am confident despite US resistance, Okonjo-Iweala says.

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020, Under: News

BREAKDOWN: WTO: I am confident despite US resistance, Okonjo-Iweala says.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister, said she was very positive at the time.

She says she is convinced that she will become the first African woman and the first CEO of the World Trade Organization, despite the fact that the United States objects to her candidacy.

The former World Bank director said she felt offended to be named the candidate with the most votes among the 164 member states of the global trade organization, which operated 25 years ago.

Okonjo-Iweala tweeted this on Thursday.

He wrote: “Satisfied with the success and continued progress of our @wto DG proposal. It is very gratifying that he has been announced as the candidate with the most and broadest support among members and who is most likely to win consensus.

“We are moving on to the next stage on November 9, despite the sobbing. We keep positive! “

Many Nigerians expressed satisfaction when leading WTO ambassadors led by New Zealand Ambassador David Walker nominated Okonjo-Iweala as the best candidate for the position. But the US delegation opposed the move, saying it instead supported South Korean Commerce Minister Yoo Myung Hee.

Some Nigerians have compared the US opposition to the opposition faced by African Development Bank head Akinwumi Adesina, who also faced intense hostility from Washington before his re-election.

However, Adesina’s breakthrough became a source of hope for many who wanted Okonjo-Iweala to take first place.

The troika have completed their third round of consultations and their decision marks an important step paving the way for Okonjo-Iweala to become the organization’s next CEO.

But the 164 WTO member states have yet to determine whether they will support it before the next General Council meeting on November 9.

Meanwhile, the federal government has said it will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that its candidate’s noble ambition to lead the WTO is realized.


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