Foreign media reports that the European Union has agreed to support Nigerian candidates in the WTO secretary-general election.
It is known that Japan also decided not to support the head of the trade negotiations headquarters of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Yu Myung-hee, making it difficult to be optimistic about the results.
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EU member states have agreed to support Nigeria's candidate Okonjoyweala in the WTO secretary-general election, the AFP reported.
At the first meeting held yesterday (26th) morning local time, some member states questioned their support for the Nigerian candidate, but after reconsideration, a final agreement was reached to support the candidate Okonjoyweala.
Hungary and Latvia expressed their support for the head of the headquarters, but it was said that they decided to follow the majority opinion.
Bloomberg also said that EU member states have chosen to support the Nigerian candidate instead of General Yu, considering strengthening relations with their traditional friend, Africa.
Earlier, the Japanese Kyodo News Agency reported that the Japanese government has decided to support the Nigerian candidate.
It is analyzed because of concerns that it could be disadvantageous if President Yoo was elected while Korea filed a lawsuit against Japan's semiconductor export restrictions to the WTO.
China, which has great influence in Africa, is also supporting the Nigerian candidate.
On the other hand, the US, which is having a trade conflict with China, is sure to support Director Yoo.
The WTO is expected to make a final decision on the next secretary-general through the process of deriving opinions by the 7th of next month.