Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has given an update on her possible emergence as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Naija News recalls that reports emerged on Wednesday, 28th October, suggesting that Okonjo-Iweala had emerged as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), defeating fellow finalist, South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee, by a wide margin.
Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian Minister of Finance, polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat Myung-hee of South Korea in the final stage of the race for the international job.
However, the United States of America (USA) rejected Okonjo-Iweala’s emergence hours later, arguing that the WTO must be handled by someone who is experienced in trading, hence their preference for South Korea’s Myung-hee.
Okonjo-Iweala, a former Vice President of the World Bank is believed to be in pole position to clinch the WTO Director-General job but still faces competition from South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee, her fellow finalist for the keenly contested international job.
The former Nigerian Finance Minister has now taken to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to reveal that the WTO has done a formal recording of her “leading position” as “most likely to attract consensus for WTO DG”.
Okonjo-Iweala added that “every step is important” and that she looks “forward to further progress at the appropriate time.”
She tweeted: “Thank you @WTO for today’s step in the formal recording of my leading position as Most Likely to Attract Consensus for WTO DG. Every step is important. ‘Look forward to further progress at the appropriate time.”
Thank you @WTO for today’s step in the formal recording of my leading position as Most Likely to Attract Consensus for WTO DG. Every step is important. ‘Look forward to further progress at the appropriate time. #Positivityalltheway
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) November 6, 2020