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WTO Acknowledges Nigeria’s Nomination Of Okonjo-Iweala

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, (THEWILL) – The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has acknowledged Nigeria’s nominee, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the post of its Director-General.

THEWILL recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this month nominated the former Finance Minister for the post of WTO’s Director-General.

The current WTO Director-General, Roberto Azevêdo, is scheduled to step down on August 31, 2020.

“According to the timetable announced by the Chair of the General Council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020,” a statement on the WTO website said.

“Shortly after the nomination period has closed, candidates will be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, present their views and take questions from the membership.”

Other nominees for the post, so far, include Mr. Jesús Seade Kuri of Mexico and Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt.

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Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is a world-renowned economist and international development expert. She currently sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity.