WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination as DG despite Egypt’s protest

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of its director general, in spite of a protest by Egypt.

The Egyptian government had nominated Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh for the same position whilst opposing Okonjo-Iweala’s Nomination saying the time was overdue for her nomination.

Members of AU had directed the nomination of candidates for the director general position since November 30, 2019. The request to substitute Nigeria’s Yonok Frederick Agah with Okonjo-Iweala was made on June 4, 2020.

The WTO however said in a statement released on Tuesday June 9, that nominations are still open till July 8, 2020.

See the statement below:

“Nigeria nominates Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for post of WTO Director-General.

“Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020.

“According to the timetable announced by the Chair of the General Council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020. Shortly after the nomination period has closed, candidates will be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, present their views and take questions from the membership


  1. This woman had the capacity to change Nigeria for good but this adminstration dropped her. We need a new revolution

  2. Congratulations to her and to Nigerians at large. matter of hardworking, I wish her the best in life.

  3. Good for her and for the country. But why Egypt is against her nomination. Do they have better candidates, if yes let them present him. Or is it on gender basis

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