March 2, 2021


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Reasons United States Is Opposing Okonjo-Iweala As WTO DG

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The United States  Of America has given its reasons why it has vehemently opposed the candidate from Nigeria in the person of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala even as she possesses an overwhelming qualification and experience against her closest rival from South Korean who is also the Koreanr trade minister Yoo Myung-hee  as the next WTO Director-General.

This was made known on Wednesday through an official statement by the US trade representative who released a statement on the WTO director-general position stating that ‘the South Korean is a bona fide trade expert who has distinguished herself during a 25- year career as a successful trade negotiator and trade policy maker’ and added that she has all the skills necessary to be an effective leader of the organisation.

The statement released made no mention or reference to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala but emphasized that the WTO is badly in need of reformation and must be led by someone with real hands -on experience in the field.

Reports have it that she has got an overwhelming support from over 105 member countries out of the 164 but her final endorsement seems to have suffered a major set back thereby setting a delay and if this lingers without a resolution then voting might be the final option.

Meanwhile the EU nations which make of up 27 member countries have thrown its weight  behind Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala stating that she is well equipped for the job.
The EU member states are France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

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