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WTO: We Won’t Join Okonjo-Iweala’s Consensus-US Trade Rep




A representative of the US at the World Trade Organization (WTO), has revealed that America wont support the consensus to make Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the new Director-General.

The United States representative took to the floor to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender, and that Washington will not recognise Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.

In response to this, the General Counsel has postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, which is scheduled for 9 November; after the US presidential elections.

A panel at the WTO recommended her today for the position.  She would be the first woman, and the first African, to lead the institution.

She had won the support from the vast majority of member states, including the EU, Japan and China, but not the United States.


US rejects Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

US rejects Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Meanwhile, in a tweet after the head of delegates meeting on Wednesday, October 28, in Geneva, the WTO said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has the best chance at getting a consensus.

After the meeting WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said: “the candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way fwd will start immediately”.

US rejects Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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