WTO accepts Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination for DG 

Ngozi Okonju-Iweala


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Tuesday accepted the nomination of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the candidates for the office of the Director-General of the organisation. 

“Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020,” the organisation said on its website.

The WTO said nominations for the position are still open till July 8, 2020.

“According to the timetable announced by the Chair of the General Council, David Walker, the nomination period will close on 8 July 2020.

“Shortly after the nomination period has closed, candidates will be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, present their views and take questions from the membership,” it said. 

President Muhammadu Buhari last week appointed Okonjo-Iweala in place of Yonov Frederick Agah, who is Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, as Nigeria’s candidate for the DG position.