The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Tuesday accepted the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeri’s nominee for the candidature of the office of the director-general of the organisation.
IVOTESNG reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020,” the organisation said on its website.
Egypt had argued that the executive decision of the African Union (AU) which had set a deadline of November 30, 2019 for African countries to nominate candidates had been violated.
They claimed Iweala’s nomination was late and should not be recognised.
The WTO, however, said on Tuesday that nominations are still open till July 8, 2020.“According to the timetable announced by the Chair of the General Council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020,” WTO said.
“Shortly after the nomination period has closed, candidates will be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, present their views and take questions from the membership”.Okonjo-Iweala is replacing Yonov Frederick Agah is Nigeria’s ambassador/permanent representative to the WTO.