Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Named as Finalist for Top WTO Post

UPDATE: Okonjo-Iweala Makes Final Round to Lead World Trade Organization

The global trade regulator is about to name the two contenders for the final round of the race to head the organisation, and two African women are leading candidates. Former Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed is among five candidates who have qualified for round two of the tests, along with former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The other contenders are Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia, and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom. They are seeking to replace Brazilian Roberto de Azevedo, who has served since 2013. Mohamed received the endorsement of the East African Community while, reportedly, Okonjo-Iweala is backed by the European Union.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.



Amina Mohamed and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are set to face off in the final run to the position of WTO Chair.

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