Just as the World Trade Organization, WTO, dropped three candidates from the race to be the next Director-General, former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made the second-to-the last shortlist of candidates for the position.
Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala still remained in the race though the organization plans to reduce the contestants to two final candidates in the coming weeks.
WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker, said in a statement on Friday, September 18 2020, “Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members”.
The second phase of consultations would begin on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates.
The goal was to name a new leader by November 7.
Those left in the race are: Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s former minister of economy and planning; Liam Fox, the UK’s former secretary of state for international trade; Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s trade minister; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril, Kenya’s former international trade minister.