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WTO : Okonjo-Iweala, others, screened

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The process of appointing the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation enters a new phase this week as eight candidates from four continents appear before WTO members to share their visions.

After the closure  of nomination  on July 8, the five male and three female candidates will, from July 15 to 17, present themselves to members of the 164 States that comprise the WTO

Nigeria, being one of the founding members of the international trade negotiation and dispute settlement body established on January 1, 1995, is also fielding its former finance and foreign affairs minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a replacement for the incumbent DG, Roberto Azevêdo, who steps down on August 31, 2020.

Other candidates are Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), Amina Mohamed (Kenya), Jesús Kuri (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), Yoo Myung-hee (Korea), Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia), and Liam Fox (UK).

Nigeria’s candidate and ex-director of World Bank was yesterday, Wednesday afternoon by 15:00hrs screened by WTO members as she share her vision for the organisation. During the screening, members also had the opportunity to ask her questions and generally evaluated her suitability for the job.

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