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Who Could Emerge The Next Director General Of The WTO As Okonjo-Iweala And Myung-hee Top The List?

A global trade organization called The World Trade Organization is set to appoint its next director general, as the former Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea's trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee made the final list.


In the first round of the contest, three candidates out of eight were screened out last month.

The second round of the screening, which was purely on merit, affected Liam Fox of Britain, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia, and Amina Mohamed of Kenya.

Okonjo-Iweala, and Yoo Myung-hee were selected for the final screening as all member states, including European Union, confidentially supported their candidacies.

Should Okonjo-Iweala emerge the director general of the World Trade Organization, as the final round of screening will commence later this month?


If merit is based on personal profile, let's briefly examine the profiles of the two candidates.

Yoo Myung-hee: Yoo is South Korea's Minister for Trade. She is the first woman to hold the position. She is seen as a veteran in Korean trade circles. Yoo has worked in various government agencies, for the past 25-years.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-born economist and international development expert. She is a member of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank. A member of the Twitter Board of Directors, as well as  Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity. 

Okonjo-Iweala is a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 fight. Going by this, Okonjo-Iweala has a better chance of becoming the WTO's Director General.

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