Okonjo-Iweala: WTO Postpones Decisive Meeting To Pick New DG

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
The World Trade Organisation has postponed the decisive where Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-iweala was supposed to have finally been picked and made the new Director-General of the international organisation. Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala giving During a TED Talk

The 164-member state international institution is due to pick a new DG since Monday, November 2nd 2020, the race to pick the new Chief of the body is tied between Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Minister of Trade and Commerce Lee Myung-Hee, set to head the crisis-wracked organisation.

But the head of the selection committee set up to help with the process told members the meeting would need to be postponed.

“It has come to my attention that for reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November,” General Council chair David Walker said in a communication seen by AFP.
“I am therefore postponing this meeting until further notice during which period I will continue to undertake consultations with delegations,” he added.

The WTO selection committee, known as the troika, has held months of consultations with members towards finding a replacement for Roberto Azevedo, who in August stepped down as director-general a year ahead of schedule.

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