China News Service, October 27. According to Agence France-Presse, the final round of consultations on the candidate for the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will end on the 27th local time.
According to sources, the Nigerian candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala received important support from the European Union on the 26th, which will greatly promote her becoming the first African leader in the WTO.
According to reports, the EU's first meeting held on the 26th local time failed to reach a consensus on the above options, but representatives of member states convened a meeting again and agreed to support Okonjo-Iweala.
According to reports, the WTO is expected to announce its new director-general next month, but sources said that the EU will publicly announce its support for the 66-year-old economist on October 27, local time.
It is said that Okonjo-Iweala was Nigeria’s first female finance minister and had a long-term position in the World Bank.
A source said that seven member states requested that their support for another candidate be recorded in the statement.
However, another source said that supporting Okonjo-Iweala "is a clear signal to Africa and a signal of mutual trust."
In May 2020, Azevedo, the sixth director-general of the WTO, decided to leave early at the end of August.
In July, a total of 8 candidates were formally nominated and participated in the election of WTO Director-General.
After two rounds of negotiations, Nigerian candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean candidate Yu Myung He entered the "finals" on October 8. The final result is expected to be produced in early November.