Africa Union canvasses support for Okonjo-Iweala WTO candidature
The African Union Commission (AUC) has congratulated Nigeria’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for emerging among the finalists to be considered as the new Director General of the global trade group.
AUC Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat also commended the strong calibre of the three African candidates that participated in the selection process.
In a statement, the Chairperson said African Union is particularly proud of Okonjo-Iweala’s historic achievement, together with Yoo Myung-hee, to have set a historical precedent that will ensure that the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization will be a woman, a first in the 25-year history of the Organization.
The commission said Okonjo-Iweala’s formidable global reputation in international finance, development and public health and vast experience in high-level leadership, makes her by far the best-qualified candidate to lead the WTO during this challenging time.
The African Union strongly supports her candidacy and calls on Member States and friends of the Continent to vote for her, the statement noted.