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Okonjo-Iweala speaks out after U.S. opposed her WTO appointment

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has spoken out for the first time since the United States held up her appointment as new boss of the World Trade Organisation.

On Wednesday Okonjo-Iweala secured majority of votes to become the first African to head the World Trade Organization.

Member countries in the European Union and ECOWAS all endorsed her candidacy.

Okonjo-Iweala who was the only African left in the race beat South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee for the top role.

But the United States’ opposition to her candidacy forced the General Counsel to postponed its announcement of the new Director-General.

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In a statement on Twitter, Okonjo-Iweala said she was “Happy for the success & continued progress of our WTO Director General bid.”

She also revealed how humbled she was “to be declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members & most likely to attract consensus.”

“We move on to the next step on Nov 9, despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going!” she added.

A further meeting will now take place on November 9; after the US presidential elections to complete the process.

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Once the process is completed next month, Okonjo-Iweala should succeed Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who unexpectedly left the WTO at the end of August, a year early.

Okonjo-Iweala previously served as Nigeria’s finance minister on two occasions and once as a foreign affairs minister.

She also served as former managing director of the World Bank and as a chairperson at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.


US holds up announcement of Okonjo-Iweala as WTO boss



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