The World Trade Organization (WTO) has accepted Nigeria’s nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Durector General.
This is however coming against the protest from the Egyptian Government, who had nominated Abdul-Hamid Mamdouh for the same position.
The Egyptian Government’s grouse is that the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala is belated and should be rejected as African Union (AU) members had been directed to nominate candidates since November 30, 2019.
In reaction, the WTO through the Chairman of the General Council, David Walker said “Nigeria nominates Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of Director General to succeed the outgoing DG, Roberto Azevêdo, who announced he will be stepping down on 31st August 2020.”
Furthermore, he stated that, “The nomination period closes on 8th of July, 2020, after which all candidates will be invited to meet with members at a Special General Council meeting. They will be expected to present their views and take questions.”