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WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala Makes Final Shortlist As 3 Other Candidates Are Dropped

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala remains in the race to become the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as three other candidates were dropped on Friday.

The three candidates dropped are; Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi after they failed to gather enough support in a first of three rounds of voting.

“Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members,” WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker, said in a statement on Friday.

The remaining candidates after the first round of voting are Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s Former Minister of Economy and Planning; Liam Fox, the UK’s Former Secretary of State for International Trade; Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s Trade Minister; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Former Minister of Finance; and Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril, Kenya’s Former International Trade Minister.

The second phase of consultations would begin on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates, with the aim of naming a new leader by November 7.

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