- Nigeria's former minister Okonjo-Iweala has emerged one of the finalists selected for the WTO DG position
- The second finalist is Yoo Myung-hee who is the candidate of South Korea
- The two candidates who emerged finalists were both endorsed by the European Union
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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has selected two final candidates to advance to the final round in the race to appoint its director-general.
According to Bloomberg, the two candidates that made the final list are Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.
The newspaper added that the WTO General Council Chairman David Walker plans to formally announce the results to the institution’s delegates on Thursday morning, October 8.
Speaking about the two final candidates, William Reinsch, a trade official in the Clinton administration in the United States said:
“They’re both very well qualified, it’s going to be a fight."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the quest by Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization has got a boost as the European Union governments endorse her.
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.
Recall that a former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Gordon Brown, has lent his support to Okonjo-Iweala, arguing that she is 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.
Similarly, 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 WTO.
Dangote said he believed that the WTO needs a professional with proven international records like Okonjo-Iweala at its hem of affairs.
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