Okonjo-Iweala is the candidate with the best chance, says WTO


The World Trade Organisation says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s candidate for the office of the director-general of the organisation, has the best chance at getting a consensus.

In a tweet after the head of delegates meeting on Wednesday in Geneva, the WTO said the result of the consultations is now out.

After the meeting WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said: “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 forward will start immediately”.

Okonjo-Iweala had the most votes from member countries and was the favourite for the top job.

The US has, however, opposed the selection of Okonjo-Iweala, leaning towards the South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee.

The WTO will reconvene in November 2020 to decide the way forward.

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