US veto threatens Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO appointment

US veto threatens Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's WTO appointment


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as the first Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is presently under threat by a veto by the United States.

The organization was slated to announce Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment following the support she received from member countries in Europe, Africa, Japan and China.

The United States representative at World Trade Organization, in a last ditch move, took to the floor to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender, and that Washington will not recognise Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for the appointment.

Responding to this, the General Counsel postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, scheduled for 9 November; after the US presidential elections.

The WTO, in a tweet after the head of delegates meeting on Wednesday, October 28, in Geneva, said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has the best chance at getting a consensus.

After the meeting WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said: “the candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way forward will start immediately”.

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