Dr. Mr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is the Nigeria’s Candidate contesting for the vacant of World Trade Organization disclosed her confidence in her quest to lead the global trade organization after all of Africa supported her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform.
This disclosure was made by Nigeria’s former Finance Minister at a virtual press briefing on Friday, October 17, 2020, after 55-member African Union officially supported her over the sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.
She said she was thrilled to learn that all African countries are supporting her. According to her, this is in addition to a group of Caribbean and Pacific countries, who had promised to back her, bringing the number of countries officially endorsing her candidacy to 79 out of the 164 countries that comprise the WTO.
Okonjo-Iweala during the virtual press briefing said, “I feel the wind behind my back,”
She said, “If that person is African and a woman, I think that is great. Because… neither an African nor a woman has led the organization.’’
“The WTO at this time with the challenges it confronts needs a very competent Director General who is able to have the political reach and stature to be able to do reforms and deal at very high levels. It is not only having those skills, but having them all meet in one person at this juncture when the WTO needs that.”
She said, “I am a reform candidate and I think the WTO needs the reform credentials and skills now.”