WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala, Buhari’s nominee for DG, shuns Egypt’s protest
World Trade Organisation (WTO) has accepted the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President Buhari’s nominee for Director-General.
This is coming after the Egyptian government which earlier nominated Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh for the same position, kicked against Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination.
Egypt argued that Nigeria had violated the rules that governed the WTO which gave a deadline of November 30th, 2019 for African countries to submit their candidates for the Director-General position, hence Iweala’s candidacy should not be recognized.
However, WTO disclosed it has extended the nomination period till July 8, 2020. “According to the timeta
Accepting Dr. Ngozi’s nomination, WTO put up a statement on its official website. It reads, “Nigeria, on June 09 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevedo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020,”
The Herald NG – Adefemola Akintunde