- The government of Egypt has frowned at President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's for the position of WTO DG
- Egypt claimed that the period for this nomination expired as at November 2019
- Added to this, the North African nation stressed that there are only two endorsed candidates for the office both of which are from Egypt and Benin Republic
The appointment of the candidacy of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) seems to be shaky for now.
This is as the Arab Republic of Egypt has claimed that the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala by President Muhammadu “is not in conformity with the executive council decision" since the time for this nomination had elapsed in 2019, specifically Saturday, November 30, The Caple reports.
The African nation called on the ministerial committee on candidatures of the African Union (AU), that only two persons have been nominated and endorsed for the embattled office: Abdulhameed Mamdouh of Egypt and Eloi Laourou of the Republic of Benin.
A part of the letter read: “During the ambassadorial level ministerial committee on candidatures meeting which was held on June 4, 2020, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) gave its legal opinion regarding Nigeria’s nomination of a new candidate to the post of WTO-DG, in which the OLC clearly highlighted that – from a legal point of view- such a nomination is not in conformity with the executive council decision EX.CL/Dec. I 090(XXXVI), since the council’s decision, had specifically endorsed the three names of candidates as submitted by the ministerial committee’s report after thoroughly examining the qualifications and professional experience of each of the three above mentioned candidates.”
Egypt urged the OLC to give its position with regards to Nigeria's “the conformity of Nigeria’s new nomination with executive council decision no. EX1072 of July 2019..."
The nation revealed that it has already started consultation with the government of Benin to come up with an agreement on which of the two endorsed candidates will emerge from the continent.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the president approved the nomination of Okonjo Iweala for the position of director-general of WTO. Iweala’s nomination was approved by the president on Thursday, June 4.