WTO includes Okonjo-Iweala in final shortlist of Director-General, evicts 3 candidates [Full list]

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The Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been included in the final shortlist of candidates for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The WTO members, however, evicted three candidates from the Director-General race, according to Bloomberg on Friday.

The Geneva-based WTO said Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, Mexico’s Jesus Seade and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi did not secure enough support in the first of three rounds of voting.

WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker, in a statement on Friday said “Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members,”.

However, the second phase of consultations would start on September 24 to October 6 after which the WTO would release two final candidates.

The goal was to name a new WTO leader by November 7, 2020.

Okonjo-Iweala is left in the race alongside Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, UK’s Liam Fox, South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee and Kenya’s Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril.

Recalls that in July, Okonjo-Iweala made a presentation to the WTOGeneral Council.

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