WTO: 79 countries endorse Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy

By AdvocateNews on 17/10/2020

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,171

Ngozi Okonkwo-Iweala
Ngozi Okonkwo-Iweala

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence on Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organisation after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform.

“I feel the wind behind my back,” she told a virtual press briefing after the 55-member African Union officially supported her over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

Okonjo-Iweala said she was thrilled to learn that “all African countries are getting behind me.”

According to her, a group of Caribbean and Pacific states had also said they would back her, bringing the number of countries officially endorsing her candidacy to 79 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO.

She also said she felt “optimistic” about her support in Latin America, and said she felt she had gotten “very good traction and good support” in Asia so far.

“I feel quite confident that across the regions, we will be able to attract” support, Okonjo-Iweala added while hinting that the European Union was due to announce its preference of the last two candidates “soon”.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday, assured Okonjo-Iweala during her visit to Aso Villa in Abuja that he would do all within his powers to ensure she gets the job.

The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time whichever of the two candidates is successful in their bid to follow Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August a year ahead of schedule.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who served as Nigeria’s first female finance and foreign minister and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist at the World Bank, said it would be good if WTO could also boast its first African leader.

“If that person is African and a woman, I think that is great. Because… neither an African nor a woman has led the organisation,” she said.‎

But at a time when the WTO is engulfed by multiple crises, she stressed that the new chief must above all be highly skilled in political and diplomatic negotiations, as well as at the managerial level.

“The WTO at this time with the challenges it confronts needs a very competent Director General who is able to have the political reach and stature to be able to do reforms and deal at very high levels.‎

‎“It is not only having those skills but having them all meet in one person at this juncture when the WTO needs that,” she said.

Even before the Covid-19 crisis hit, the WTO was already grappling with stalled trade talks and struggling to curb tensions between the United States and China.

The global trade body has also faced relentless attacks from Washington, which has crippled the WTO dispute settlement appeal system and threatened to leave the organisation altogether.

Okonjo-Iweala said she had broad experience in championing reform and was the right person to help put the WTO back on track.

“I am a reform candidate and I think the WTO needs the reform credentials and skills now.”

The initial pool of eight candidates for the WTO’s top post, which has been whittled down over two rounds of consultations, had included three Africans, and the AU had until now refrained from offering an official endorsement.

The third and final round of consultations seeking to establish consensus around one candidate is due to begin next week and end on October 27, with the announcement due in early November. ‎ ‎

 

 

Posted 17/10/2020 08:21:07 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Lawmakers ‘ll no longer tolerate killings by Nigerian...

Insecurity: US approves $1bn attack helicopters, others for...

Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi wins record-extending seventh award...

God is about to deal with invincible enemies...

Saraki’s Chief of Staff dumps APC

INEC suspends voter registration in Imo LGA after...

1.6 million votes claim: We ‘ll meet Atiku...

Gov. Ortom is causing death of innocent citizens...

Four retirees slump while protesting over unpaid pension...

Fire guts Accountant-General’s office in Abuja

Buhari commissions Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project

N80b Fraud: Accountant-General to remain in detention

 

Latest News Yahaya Bello orders closure of brothels, bans use of face masks in Kogi ‘US kills terrorists, Nigeria pampers them’ - Femi Fani-Kayode Residents flee as unknown gunmen kill 7 in Imo Suspect who beat Nigerian to death in Italy arrested 2023: Lalong, Oshiomhole lead APC’s campaign team Bandits: We’ll continue to fight for justice – Southern Kaduna 2023: Obi support group slams Tinubu for wishing Peter Obi and supporters dead, tells INEC to call him to order Terror fears force NRC to suspend Lagos-Kano, Ajaokuta train services FG purchases N1.4bn vehicles for Niger Republic, justifies action NBC fines DSTV, TSTV, NTA, Trust TV N20m over Documentary on Banditry ...Says fines must be paid in 27 days Gunmen kidnap gold miner in Osun, demand N100m ransom NASS vs Buhari: Uncertainty as Buhari faces impeachment threat in last days

 

Most Read Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (430,856 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (430,856 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (430,856 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (430,856 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (430,856 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (430,856 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (430,855 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (430,854 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (430,853 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (422,889 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (359,119 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (358,035 views)

 

 

SECTIONS FAITH (159) EDITORIAL (25) NEWS (9,907) POLITICS (519) SOCIETY (135) SPORTS (67) BUSINESS (380) HEALTH (63) EDUCATION (53) ENTERTAINMENT (65) INTERNATIONAL (232) TECHNOLOGY (8) COLUMNISTS (57) LETTERS (4) OPINION (47)

 

 


There are no video entries posted yet.