UPDATE: United State Blocks Okonjo Iweala’s Appointment As WTO DG, Insists On South Korean – Gistmania



The United States is currently holding the World Trade Organisation hostage over the rightful election of Nigerian candidate, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new director general.

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was slated to be the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization. She will be the first woman, and the first African, to lead the institution. But there was an unexpected glitch in the process.

Update from our earlier post: In a last ditch move, the United States representative at World Trade Organization took to the floor to insist that South Koreas 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.


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