- Though Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is on her way to becoming the DG of WTO, the coast is not yet clear
- The world body has said she has the best chance at getting the job, but the US is against her won't back her
- Consultations are still ongoing and if she eventually gets the job, she will be become the first African to be holding that position
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation has the best shot at getting a consensus, according to the organisation.
In a tweet on Wednesday, October 28, the WTO said results of the consultations to appoint the next DG is now out.
The head of delegates had a meeting in Geneva and it was announced that consultations on the way forward will begin as soon as possible.
WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said:
“The candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way fwd will start immediately."
The world body will reconvene in November 2020 to decide the way forward.
Okonjo-Iweala is Nigeria's former finance and foreign affairs minister and a well-respected economist.
It was earlier reported that the highly respected economist is set to become the first woman and African to seal the top job as she had the most votes from member countries.
She reportedly polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat her close challenger, Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s trade minister, at the final stage of the race.
However, the United States is not in support of Okonjo-Iweala's candidacy and is on the side of Myung-hee.
Okonjo-Iweala who is also an American citizen is viewed by President Donald Trump's administration as not committed enough to their interests.
Though she is yet to be confirmed as WTO DG, Nigerians have been congratulating her on social media. Legit.ng gathered some of the congratulatory messages below:
A former Nigerian senator, Dino Melaye commented:
"Finally! Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes the first African to head the World Trade Organization. Congratulations Nigeria."
Dennis O. Adesanoye with the Twitter handle @stdennis02 wrote:
"The United States was against both of them, but they emerged victorious:
Okonjo-Iweala - WTO DG
Akinwumi Adesina- President AfDB
Naija to the World! Power of Naija!!"
@DeleMomodu wrote on Twitter:
"Okonjo Iweala named DG of WTO. Wow! Excellent choice. Congratulations to her and to Nigeria and our great people!!!!!"
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