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US Finally Endorses Okonjo-Iweala For WTO Job

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Emerges First African And First Female DG Of World Trade Organisation
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance.

United States’ government led by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has reportedly endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, for the office of director-general of World Trade Organisation (WTO).

According to AFP, the office of the US trade representative in a statement said the Biden-Harris admin is pleased to support the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala, who is also a US citizen.

The Donald Trump-led administration had refused to back the former managing director of the World Bank.

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Trump’s administration had said it favoured South Korean’s candidate, Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee over Okonjo-Iweala because WTO is in dire need of reform and must be “led by someone with real, hands-on experience in the field”.

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However, with Myung-hee quitting the race for WTO job earlier today and the current support of the United States, Okonjo-Iweala is to be appointed the first female Director-General of WTO in 25-year history of the organization.

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