WTO: EU Declares Support For Okonjo-Iweala

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Okonjo-Iweala Pledges WTO's Support For Nigeria

The campaign of Nigeria’s candidate for the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been handed a major boost as 27 European Union member states declared their support for her.

The EU member states are France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

With the latest support, Okonjo-Iweala is unarguably cruising to victory as she has garnered the endorsement of 106 out of the 164 member states that comprise the WTO.

It will be recalled that the 55 member states of the African Union had earlier officially supported the former finance minister over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

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Okonjo-Iweala had also won the vote of a group of Caribbean and Pacific States as well as other countries from Asia.

The WTO’s consultation process ended on Tuesday and the new leader is expected to be named in November.

The final winner between the two women will replace Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo and former director-general of the 25-year-old trade organisation.

If Okonjo-Iweala is confirmed, she will join the WTO at a difficult time, with the world facing a deep post-coronavirus recession and a crisis of confidence in free trade and globalisation.

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