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”.