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WTO: FG In Talks With US Govt. Over Okonjo-Iweala’s Candidature

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The Federal Government has announced that it was consulting with the United States and other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to clear all stumbling blocks to the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as Director-General of the organisation.

The minister of State for trade and investment, Mariam Katagum who is leading the Okonjo-Iweala campaign team, disclosed this at an emergency virtual meeting on Friday.

She said the Nigeria Government was persuading the United States to adopt the Nigerian candidate as WTO DG following the overwhelming support which Okonjo-Iweala had garnered.

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The third and final round of consultations for the selection of a DG for the WTO which commenced in Geneva on October 19, 2020 was concluded on October 27, 2020 while Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment was expected to be adopted by consensus of all members in line with WTO decision-making procedure at a Special General Council Meeting scheduled for November 9, 2020.

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However, the United States has registered reservations on the outcome of the final round in view of the fact that their preference is still the candidate of South Korea

Earlier, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel reiterated Europe’s support for Okonjo-Iweala as the director general of the WTO.

Michael gave the assurance on Friday when he virtually met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the candidature of the former finance minister.

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