By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Former Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is optimistic of winning the race for the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), despite hiccups.
Twitting on her verified handle, Okonjo-Iweala said “Happy for the success & continued progress of our @wto DG bid”.
“Very humbled to be declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members & most likely to attract consensus. We move on to the next step on Nov 9, despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going!”
Mrs. Iweala is reportedly favoured by the WTO’s three main branches to obtain the consensus needed to take the top job, following the whittling down of the initial pool of eight candidates for the WTO’s top post, following two earlier rounds of consultations, with only Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee still in the race.
However, the United States of America has expressed its opposition to Iweala’s candidacy, opting to support Yoo, calling her “a bona fide trade expert who has distinguished herself during a 25-year career as a successful trade negotiator and trade policymaker.