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Reactions As Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Wins First Run Of Elections At World Trade Organization (Photos)

Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iwela, the former Finance Minister of Nigeria has won the first run of elections for the the position of Director General, Worid Trade Organization in Geneva. She was selected alongside four others earlier today to proceed to the next stage of the elections.

Recall that Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has persistently campaigned for the coveted position of the DG of WTO, following the stepping down of the stepping down of Roberto Azevedo, the immediate past DG from Brazil.

The three contestants who didn't make it to the next round were dropped because they didn't secure enough support in the first three rounds of voting. They include Mexico's Jesus Seade, Egypt's Hamid Mamdouh and Moldova's Tudor Ulianovschi. Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are however, highly valued and respected by all members of the WTO, said David Walker, WTO General Council Chairman. 

The five remaining contenders include: Liam Fox, the UK's former secretary of State for International trade; Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former Finance Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea's trade Minister, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwajiri, Saudi Arabia's firmer minister of economy and planning and Kenya's former international trade minister, Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril.

All five of them are either current or former Minister's which is an important prerequisite needed for a future Director-General of the WTO as speculated by trade officials and analysts.

Ngozi is a Havard-trained Economist and International development expert. Currently, she is sitting on the Boards of Twitter, Standard Chartered Bank, Global Alliance For Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and African Risk Capacity (ARC).

She has had a 25-year fulfilling career at the World Bank in Washington DC, emerging the number two person at the global apex bank. She was equally a former Finance Minister of Nigeria.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo's win is a big win for Nigeria too as she's really making our country proud. We sincerely wish her the very best.


Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala


Dr Ngozi Campaigning earlier in Geneva


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