……..Final Decision To Be Announced November 9
The candidacy of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerging as head of World Trade Organisation has been opposed by the United States of America as they prefer to support South Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, for the Director General Position, Sahara Reporters reports.
This is coming after Keith Rockwell, the WTO spokesperson told journalists after the past four months of consultations with member states, the ambassadors heading the three main branches (also known as the Troika) were sure that Okonjo Iweala was most likely to obtain the consensus needed to grab the top job.
The initial pool of eight candidates for the WTO’s top post had been whittled down to just two over two previous rounds of consultations with only Okonjo-Iweala and Myung-hee left in the race, AFP reports.
But, on Wednesday, America said it was opposed to her taking the helm, casting doubt on whether she can obtain the necessary full backing from member states.
Rockwell said that 27 delegates had taken the floor during Wednesday’s meeting.
He added that, “One delegation could not support the candidacy of Dr Nogzi and said they would continue (supporting) South Korean Minister Yoo.
“That delegation was the United States of America.”
He stressed that Wednesday’s meeting “was never intended to make a final decision on our next DG (director-general).
“That decision can only be taken by the General Council.”
“The candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way foward will start immediately.”
The final decision of the WTO’s 164 member states is expected on November 9.
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