The European Union governments has thrown support behind Nigeria’s candidate, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The EU also expressed support for Korea’s, Yoo Myung-hee.
This was disclosed to Bloomberg on Monday by an unnamed official source.
Bloomberg reported that EU member-country envoys agreed on Monday in Brussels to endorse Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s trade chief, in their bids to become WTO director-general.
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The remaining five candidates contenders that will advance to the next round of elimination are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.
WTO said earlier in September that the five candidates were chosen from eight others after due consultations.
WTO plans to announce two finalists after October 6 and name a winner by November 7.
Nigeria’s former finance minister, Okonjo-Iweala is also the former Managing Director of the World Bank.
Her home country is also routing for her to clinch the WTO job.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Okonjo-Iweala for the WTO DG role with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) later backing her nomination.