Okonjo-Iweala advances to second round of the WTO Election

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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is still in the race of becoming the next Director-General World Trade Organisation (WTO) after the international body reduced the number of candidates to five, with the elimination of three candidates.

WTO in a Tweet on its official handle on Friday announced that the five “candidates will be moving on for members’ further consideration in the next round of consultations, which resumes on 24 September.”

“Selecting the next WTO Director-General: These are the candidates moving on for members’ further consideration in the next round of consultations, which resume on 24 September.

“The WTO took another step towards selecting its next Director-General today (18 September) as General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand and his two co-facilitators in the selection process disclosed which of the eight candidates had secured the broadest and deepest support from the WTO membership and should consequently advance to the next stage of the process.

“In consultations with Amb. Walker, Amb. Dacio Castillo of Honduras and Amb. Harald Aspelund of Iceland, WTO members indicated that the five candidates who should advance are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.”

General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand said WTO membership considers all the five candidates highly qualified and respected individuals.

The second phase of consultations will begin on September 24 and run until October 6.


  1. I always admited this mum for what she has done for Nigeria and the world at large. I wish her success in her final round of the world trade organization race and I would love to see her on that seat as president.

  2. I strongly think that this woman Ngozi Okonjo iwuala has all it takes to clinch this position. When she was a minister in Nigeria under the then president Goodluck Jonathan, she really performed well
    I wish her well, I wish her success
    May God Almighty help her to Win this and be chosen in Jesus name… Amen

  3. Dr Ngozi our candidate will scale through the next stage to the final, the threatened candidates are out except Amina C Mohammed would be out, then Ngozi takes position by God’s grace, Amen.

  4. Okonjo iweala is one of the greatest women in Nigeria and we will continue celebrating her for her giant achievement. I wish her success in her endeavors. May Almighty God continue to protect and guide her.

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