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WTO DG Position: AUC Rallies Support For Nigeria’s Ngozi Oknonjo-Iweala

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By Angeline Mgbele, Correspondent Abuja

Following the outcome of the second round of consultations on a continental concensus candidate and selling of same to the international community, for the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation(WTO), the Chairperson of the African Union Commission(AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has congratulated the duo of Mesdames Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, for making the cut to the third and final round of consultations, stressing, however, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is most qualified for the plum position, going by her rich antecedents.

A statement from Spokesperson to the AUC Chairperson, Ebba Kalondo (Ms), seen by https://www.cyberera.com.ng says the African Union is particularly proud of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s historic achievement, together with Yoo Myung-hee, to have set a historical precedent that will ensure that the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization will be a woman, a first in the 25year history of the Organization.

The statement reads in [art : “Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s formidable global reputation in international finance, development and public health and vast experience in high-level leadership, makes her by far the best qualified candidate to lead the WTO during this challenging time. The African Union strongly supports her candidacy and calls on Member States and friends of the Continent to vote for her.”

The Chairperson also commended the strong calibre of the three African candidates that participated in the selection process, leveraging world class African expertise on the world stage.

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