Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination For DG Has Been Accepted By WTO

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted the nomination of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the candidates for the office of the director-general of the organisation.

“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.

When President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) top job, Egypt went on the offensive.

Egypt 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 Dr Ngozi Okonjo-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.

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