I am Constructive Regardless of US Opposition, Says Okonjo-Iweala


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian Finance Minister, has stated she could be very optimistic in the meanwhile.

She says she stays optimistic of turning into the primary African and first feminine director-general of the World Commerce Organisation regardless of United States opposition to her candidacy.

The ex-World Financial institution director stated she felt humbled to have been declared the candidate with the biggest votes amongst the 164 member states of the 25-year-old world commerce organisation.

Okonjo-Iweala made this identified in a tweet on Thursday.

She wrote, “Pleased for the success & continued progress of our @wto DG bid. Very humbled to be declared the candidate with the biggest, broadest help amongst members & probably to draw consensus.

“We transfer on to the subsequent step on Nov 9, regardless of hiccups. We’re preserving the positivity going!”

Many Nigerians had expressed delight when key WTO ambassadors led by New Zealand’s Ambassador David Walker proposed Okonjo-Iweala as the most effective candidate for the job. However the US delegation opposed the transfer, saying it supported South Korean Commerce Minister Yoo Myung-hee as a substitute.

Some Nigerians likened the US opposition to that encountered by African Growth Financial institution chief, Akinwumi Adesina, who additionally confronted intense hostility from Washington earlier than his re-election.

The breakthrough of Adesina, has, nonetheless, been a supply of hope for a lot of who need Okonjo-Iweala to clinch the highest job.

The troika has concluded the third spherical of consultations and its choice marks an vital step paving the best way for Okonjo-Iweala to turn into subsequent DG of the organisation.

However the WTO’s 164 member states nonetheless want to find out whether or not they are going to help her earlier than their subsequent Normal Council assembly on November 9.

In the meantime, the Federal Authorities stated it is going to proceed to interact related stakeholders to make sure that the lofty aspiration of her candidate to steer the WTO is realised.

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