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OKONJO-IWEALA, FOUR OTHERS MAKE IT TO WTO’S FINAL LIST

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has made it to the top five candidates of the World Trade Organisation, WTO for the position of the Director-General of the global trade body.

This follows the departure of three candidates in the race for the position, thereby narrowing the number of contestants to five.

According to a statement on Friday by the WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker, Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi didn’t secure enough support in a first of three rounds of voting.

In the statement, Walker noted that 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.