”…..despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going!” – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts after US rejection

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Paris, FRANCE: Federal Republic of Nigeria Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala participates to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Club, 14 June 2006, in the ministry of Finances in Paris. The Paris Club of the world's richest lending nations marks its golden anniversary, facing questions over its role in a new era of growing wealth in many debtor nations. AFP PHOT PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP via Getty Images)
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has reacted after the United States rejected her as the consensus candidate for appointment as new Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

 

Okonjo-Iweala was slated to be the new WTO Director-General.  She had won the support from the vast majority of member states, including the EU, Japan and China. However the United States representative at World Trade Organization took to the floor to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender, and that Washington will not recognise Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.

 

As a result, the General Counsel postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, which is scheduled for 9 November; after the US presidential elections.

 

Speaking one day after, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala tweeted: “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!”

 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts after the US rejected her appointment as new Director-General of the World Trade Organization

 

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