What looks like a final days are here, The World Trade Organisation (WTO) in a recent statement said it will consider the appointment of a new Director-General on February 15.
The organization in a statement on Tuesday, on its verified website said the General council which is the highest decision making body of the organization will have virtual meeting, where the final nod will be given to the position of DG.
“The WTO’s General Council will hold a special meeting on February 15 at 15:00 Geneva time to consider the appointment of the next Director-General. The meeting will take place in virtual format,” the statement read.
Recalled in few days ago, Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s candidate for the WTO top job, withdrew her candidacy. Which gives the Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the opportunity to become the DG, as the sole candidate left in the race.
If he nominations is confirmed by consensus, she will be the first African to head the organization and the first woman also to do so. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister, of Nigeria had secured the popular vote by a wide margin on October 28, 2020 but was not named DG because the US opposed her candidacy.
After the October meeting, the WTO said Okonjo-Iweala had the best chance of getting a consensus.
The US had said it favoured Yoo over Okonjo-Iweala because WTO is in dire need of reform and must be “led by someone with real, hands-on experience in the field”. The Donald Trump-led administration suggested that the race be reopened.
However, the US government led by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris expressed strong support for Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy as WTO DG.