Okonjo-Iweala can still run for DG's seat - WTO

Okonjo-Iweala can still run for DG's seat - WTO

- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former finance minister, is still eligible for the post of WTO DG

- This was confirmed on Friday, June 19, by WTO

- The global economic body said that candidates only need the support of their individual countries to run for the office

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has confirmed that Ngozi Okonjo-Iwaela can still run for the office of the director-general of the global body.

According to The Cable, candidates only the support of their countries to run for the envied position.

Explaining the procedure for nomination, WTO said that after the commencement of the process, nations have only one month to nominate candidates.

The global body went on to note that after their nomination, candidates have three months to make themselves "known to members and to engage in discussions on the pertinent issues facing the organisation."

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Okonjo-Iweala can still run for DG's seat - WTO
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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It also pointed out: “The remaining two months prior to the conclusion of this process shall be devoted to selecting and appointing one of the candidates.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the nomination of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) seemed to be shaky for now.

This was as the Arab Republic of Egypt had claimed that the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala by President Muhammadu was not in conformity with the executive council decision" since the time for this nomination had elapsed in 2019, specifically Saturday, November 30.

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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.

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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.”

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