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Okonjo-Iweala: WTO Indefinitely Postpones Meeting to Pick New DG

A meeting where members are expected to pick a new Director General of the World Trade Organisation has been postponed indefinitely following the United States rejection of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

According to a WTO announcement last week, the meeting was fixed to hold on Monday November 9.

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However, a new communication seen and revealed by AFP indicates that the meeting has been postponed indefinitely.

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The memo signed by the head of selection committee reads;
“It has come to my attention that for reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

“I am therefore postponing this meeting until further notice during which period I will continue to undertake consultations with delegations,” he added.

The former Nigerian Finance Minister had won the election process by polling 104 out of a possible 164 votes ahead of South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee.

Her announcement as new DG of the WTO was delayed following an opposition of her emergence by the United States, preferring Yoo Myung-hee instead.

Okonjo-Iweala will become the first African woman and African to lead the World Trade Organization since it’s formation in 1995 if she eventually wins.

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