The Federal Government has said Nigeria will continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that the lofty aspiration of her candidate to lead the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is realised.
A statement signed on Thursday by the spokesperson in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwoye, said the third and final round of the selection process of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was concluded on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 and the result was formally announced on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
“The candidate from Nigeria, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured the support of majority of the member countries but is yet to be declared and returned the winner. This is because apart from winning the election, all the 164 Member States of WTO were expected to adopt the winner by consensus, in accordance with the rule of procedure of the WTO. It is important to highlight that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has secured cross-regional backing with only the United States opposing the consensus.
“The Ministry wishes to further inform that a meeting of the General Council of the WTO has been scheduled for November 9, 2020 for the final decision on the election process,” Nwoye said.