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Okonjo-Iweala Best Qualified Candidate To Lead WTO – AU Declares Support For Former Nigerian Finance Minister



Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The African Union (AU) has thrown its weight behind Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minster, for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The AU described Okonjo-Iweala as the best qualified candidate to lead the WTO.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairman of the African Union Commission, said this in a statement issued on Thursday .

“The African Union strongly supports her candidacy and calls on member states and friends of the continent to vote for her.” said Mahamat in the statement.

Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee, South Korean trade minister, are the two finalists in the pursuit for the WTO job, from an initial list of eight.

The grand finale will equally make a milestone on racial terms in the sense it is bound to produce either the first African director-general of the WTO or its first South-Korean head should the electoral victory swing in the way of Iweala or Myung-hee in early November.

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