WTO: Iweala reacts as the US is opposed to her emergence as DG

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Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has reacted after been opposed by the United States as the consensus candidate for appointment as new Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

Okonjo-Iweala already emerged as the new WTO Director-General after the overwhelming support she enjoyed. She had won 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 kick against her candidature while insisting that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender for the top job and that Washington will not recognize Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.

The stand by the United States prompted the postponement of the announcement of the new Director-General by the general counsel 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!