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Dangote Endorses Okonjo-Iweala’s Campaign for World Trade Organisation DG

Dangote Endorses Okonjo-Iweala’s Campaign for World Trade Organisation DG

Otosirieze Obi-Young
Dangote Endorses Okonjo-Iweala’s Campaign for World Trade Organisation DG
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala. Credit; Nairametrics.

Months ago, former Nigerian finance minister and World Bank vice president Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala launched her campaign to be elected Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Her team released a well-received video that crafted her vision for the organisation. In the last few weeks, her campaign has been endorsed by top players in global trade, finance, and politics. The latest in this train is Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group and Africa’s richest person.

“In these challenging times, WTO needs the renowned skills and tested experience of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the organisation through identified obstacles and strengthen its position as the prime facilitator of international trade,” Dangote tweeted.

In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: “A vote for her by all is a step in the right direction. I fully endorse the candidature of Okonjo Iweala-Iweala to lead the WTO.”

Okonjo-Iweala, one of the most respected economic experts globally, currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and sits on the board of Twitter. She is up against seven other candidates: Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), Amina Mohamed (Kenya), Jesús Kuri (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), Yoo Myung-hee (Korea), Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia), and Liam Fox (UK).

Yesterday, Bloomberg revealed that Okonjo-Iweala had taken American citizenship, throwing up questions in the Nigerian media.

The immediate past Director-General of the WTO is Brazil’s Roberto Azevêdo, who stepped down on 31 August. The second phase of the selection process comes up on 7 September 2020.

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