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US endorses Okonjo-Iweala candidacy as DG WTO

NEWSMAN – United States government on Thursday endorsed Nigeria’s former Finance minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The endorsement is contained in a statement issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is pleased to express its strong support for the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the WTO.  Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister.  She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience managing a large international organization with a diverse membership”, the statement read in part.

According to the statement, “it is particularly important to underscore that two highly qualified women made it to the final round of consideration for the position of WTO Director General — the first time that any woman has made it to this stage in the history of the institution.

“The United States stands ready to engage in the next phase of the WTO process for reaching a consensus decision on the WTO Director General.  The Biden-Harris Administration looks forward to working with a new WTO Director General to find paths forward to achieve necessary substantive and procedural reform of the WTO”, it added.

Yoo  enjoyed the support of the former American President Donald Trump, whose support for the Korean blocked Okonjo-Iweala-Iweala from being named for the WTO top job since last November.

“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister,” US Trade Representative said in a statem

In her reaction to the US endorsement, Okonjo-Iweala thanked Yoo Myung-hee for running a “hard fought campaign.

President Buhari had promised in October to make “whatever phone calls need to be made” to ensure she gets the nod for the job, and that he “will continue to see support from world leaders on her behalf.”

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