Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has made it to the final rounds of voting for the post of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the 7th of November.
This was announced today, October 7th after the final rounds of voting for the remaining 5 candidates, as Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee emerged as the last two candidates standing.
Nairametrics reported last month that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was still in contention after 8 candidates were shortlisted to 5. The five remaining candidates at the time were; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), Liam Fox (UK), Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril (Kenya), Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea), and Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia).
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The European Union disclosed a day ago that it will support Okonjo-Iweala and the South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee for the role of Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
If Okonjo Iweala wins the final vote next month, she will become the first African woman to take the role of WTO DG, succeeding the current DG, Mr. Roberto Azevêdo.