US rejects Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's appointment as WTO Director-General


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was slated to be the new Director-General of the world Trade Organization. However there has been an unexpected glitch within the process.

In a last ditch move, the U.S representative at World Trade Organization took to the ground to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender, which Washington won't recognise Okonjo-Iweala because the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.

In response to the present , the overall Counsel has postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, which is scheduled for 9 November; after the US presidential elections.

A panel at the WTO recommended her today for the position. She would be the first woman, and also the first African, to steer the institution.

 She had won the support from the overwhelming majority of member states, including the EU, Japan and China, but not the U.S.

Meanwhile, during a tweet after the head of delegates meeting on Wednesday, October 28, in Geneva, the WTO said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has the most effective chance at getting a consensus.

After the meeting WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said: “the candidate that had the best chance of achieving a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way fwd will start immediately

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