WTO Reveals When It Will Appoint Okonjo-Iweala As Its Director-General

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The of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade will be announced next week.

This was contained in a statement posted on the ’s website on Tuesday titled, ‘WTO General Council to consider of next Director-General’.

The body announced it would hold a special of its General Council on Monday, February 15 to consider the of the next WTO director-general.

The statement added, “The WTO’s General Council will hold a special on 15 February at 15:00 Geneva time to consider the appointment of the next Director-General. The will take place in virtual format.”

The development comes after Joe ’s administration on backed Okonjo-Iweala to lead WTO, clearing a path for her to become the body’s first female and first African leader.

This marks another sharp split Donald Trump who opposed the candidacy of Nigeria’s first female finance minister who was backed by many countries.

The Trade Representative in a statement on cited Okonjo-Iweala’s “wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy” and said she had “proven experience managing a large international ”.

USTR also noted South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee, opposition to Okonjo-Iweala had abandoned her bid to head the WTO.

The process to name a successor for Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down last August, has been deadlocked for months.

WTO ambassadors had supported Okonjo-Iweala in October as the best pick to lead the organisation, but without the of the , the process was left at a standstill since the director-general is normally chosen by consensus among all 164 member states.