- The federal government has appealed to the members of WTO to elect Okonjo-Iweala as director-general
- Okonjo-Iweala and one other candidate made it to the final stage of selection on Thursday, October 8
- The FG described Okonjo-Iweala as the best candidate for the job
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Following the selection of Nigeria's former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as one of the two finalists for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the federal government has appealed to the members of the global body to elect the Nigerian-born economist.
The Sun reports that the federal government made the plea on Thursday, October 8, through the minister of state for industry, trade and investment, Mariam Katagum, in a statement issued in Abuja, the nation's capital.
Legit.ng gathered that Katagum, who is also the chairperson of the Okonjo-Iweala campaign team, described the former minister as “the best choice for the job.”
The minister commended the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU) for backing the Nigerian candidate.
“These are excellent testimonies of her eminent qualification for the top job. The WTO as of today needs a DG with multiple skills to revive the challenged spirit of trade liberalisation worldwide. The WTO faces a lot of problems currently, and confronting these challenges necessarily requires building trust among the membership especially as the problems are not solely of a technical nature.
“Only a DG with the requisite political and negotiating skills coupled with multilateral experience can ensure deep engagement of the Members in order to restore trust and build a truly efficient organisation.
Okonjo-Iweala had told the BBC that it was the ordinary African that she was most concerned with.
She said that she wanted to figure out how to get women and youth, who are behind the engines of growth in Africa, to benefit more from world trade.
The ex-minister said she was also keen to make sure that the continent moves away from exporting raw materials in order to add value to the goods or products we produce for the global market.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the WTO selected two final candidates to advance to the final round in the race to appoint its director-general.
It was reported that the two candidates that made the final list were Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.
The WTO general council chairman, David Walker planned to formally announce the results to the institution’s delegates on Thursday, October 8.
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