WTO panel recommends Okonjo-Iweala for DG’s job

News just in says the World Trade Organization’s selection committee has recommended former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director General.

The endorsement moves her a step closer to becoming the WTO’s first female director-general.

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The panel of three senior WTO ambassadors told Okonjo-Iweala that she had a wide margin of support and is best poised to command a consensus from the organization’s 164 members.

The recommendation helps Okonjo-Iweala clear one of the final hurdles in a complex and lengthy process aimed at naming the next leader of the WTO.

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The United States is reportedly against her candidature but an official announcement is expected by the 7th of November.

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