- Nigeria's Okonjo Iweala will not be confirmed as DG of WTO for now
- This came as a result of the cancellation of a key meeting over her appointment
- With this, the race has been thrown into renewed uncertainty
A key appointment meeting in the race to fill the position of the new leader of the World Trade Organization has been cancelled following the US presidential election.
This has consequently thrown the race to find the next director-general of WTO into renewed uncertainty. The meeting had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next DG, The Guardian reports.
The special meeting had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment.
Recall that despite the backing of the Nigerian former minister by the WTO’s 164 members, President Donald Trump’s administration had opposed her selection.
Meanwhile, Trump's days in office is now numbered as he was soundly defeated by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden
In another development, Legit.ng had reported that Femi Otedola, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Folorunsho Alakija all made the list of 100 most reputable Africans by Reputation Poll International.
Otedola reacted to the news on Wednesday, July 29, saying that he feels very honoured to be mentioned among many on the continent.
The honour came at the time Okonjo-Iweala is battling for a spot as the next DG of the World Trade Organisation.
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Recall that the Nigerian government rejected the conclusions reached by the African Union (AU)’s office of legal counsel on the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation.
The AU's legal arm had stated that the Nigerian government's decision to back Okonjo-Iweala for the role violates its rules.
The Nigerian embassy and permanent mission to the AU said claims that Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination contravenes laid-down rules failed all parameters of objectivity and unbiased submission.
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