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Nigeria persuading the United States and other states to join the consensus in adopting the recommendation of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as DG-WTO

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The Federal Government on Friday revealed that it has reached out to the United States of America and other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to clear all hinderance to the emergence of Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as WTO Director General.

Amb. Mariam Katagum, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, who is the Chairperson of the Campaign Strategy Team for Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, noted that her team met to review and strategise on the way forward.

Katagum who spoke at an emergency virtual meeting on Friday noted that Nigeria was persuading the United States of America to adopt the Nigerian candidate as WTO DG following the overwhelming support which she currently enjoys.

“Nigeria is currently reaching out to all members of the WTO including the United States of America and South Korea to overcome the impasse as well as persuade the United States to join the consensus in adopting the recommendation of the appointment of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as DG-WTO,” the minister said.

The Chairperson, WTO General Council, Amb. David Walker, alongside the facilitators of the selection process and others, on October 28, 2020, at a meeting of WTO Heads of Delegation in Geneva, told members of the organisation that Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala secured overwhelming support of members.

The United State however opposed the emergence of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala by consensus, because the US was supporting her opponent, the South Korean candidate.

The US further told the council that it would not join the consensus in selecting Dr. Okonjo-Iweala at the special general council on November 9, 2020.

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