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Final candidates heading for the DG of the WTO

OKONJO-IWEALA BECOMES ONE OF TWO FINALISTS FOR WTO DG POST

Nigeria’s former finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is one of the two females that made it to the final stage in the race to become World Trade Organization DG .

South Korean Trade Minister, YOO Myung-hee, is the second candidate that qualified for the WTO DG post.

This is the first time such an event would be occurring in the history of that position, sources that were aware of this decision said.

If we can go by anything that has been said so far by both women, are exceptional and qualify for the position.

This is coming on the heels that no woman has ever made it to the global trade body in the past.

From the on-set, we had eight candidates vying for the position of the Director General, to replace Roberto Azevedo.

Five candidates were later shortlisted with; Jesus Saede Kuri of Mexico, Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova and Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt being the three candidates cut off from proceeding to the second stage.

Liam Fox of Britain, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia, and Amina Mohamed of Kenya. were the three candidates eliminated from the second stage of the elimination process.

When Okonjo-Iweala and Myung-hee got the needed backing from EU states, they were given the privilege they needed to proceed to the final stage.

The final stage that will decide who gets to be the Director General of the WTO is expected to commence later this month and it is expected to last until the 6th of November 2020.

If any of the women clinches this position, they would be making history as the first woman to take the role.

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