- The EU has endorsed two candidates for the position of the DG of the World Trade Organization
- Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea's Yoo Myung-hee are the EU-endorsed candidates among the five contenders
- The WTO will soon announce two finalists after which the eventual winner will be named in November 2020
The quest by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization has got a boost as the European Union governments endorse her and one other candidate.
Bloomberg reported that the EU member-country envoys agreed on Monday, October 5, that they will support Okonjo-Iweala who is Nigeria’s former finance minister and the country's candidate for the top job.
The other candidate endorsed by the EU is Yoo Myung-hee who is from South Korea.
Legit.ng gathers that the race to pick the next director-general of the WTO has entered its final month.
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Though five candidates are still in the WTO DG race, the organisation is reportedly set to announce two finalists after Tuesday, October 6, and name a winner by Saturday, November 7.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Aliko Dangote, one of Africa's richest business mogul, put out his voice in support of Okonjo-Iweala as the best candidate to emerge as director-general of the World Trade Organization.
Dangote said he believed that the WTO needs a professional with proven international records like Okonjo-Iweala at its hem of affairs.
The Nigerian business mogul endorsed the former minister for the envied position on his verified Twitter page on Tuesday, September 1.
Similarly, a former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Gordon Brown, has lent his support to Okonjo-Iweala, arguing that she is the just the right person for the job.
Brown argued that the former minister has produced positive results even in the toughest of jobs across the world and is, therefore, for fit for the much-contested position.
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