WTO drops 3 contestants, retains Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria’s Former Minister for Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has scaled through the first round of voting after three candidates were dropped from the race to be the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi didn’t garner enough mandate to qualify for the next rounds of voting. The body also expressed its intent to trim number of contestants to two final candidates in the coming days.

Bloomberg gathered that Okonjo-Iweala still remains in the race.

“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 second phase of consultations would commence on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates.


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