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European Union Backs Okonjo-Iweala in Race for WTO Chief

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EU member-country envoys agreed to endorse Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee in their bids to become DG of WTO, according to an official familiar with the matter.

The European Union says it will support Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee in their bids for the headship of the World Trade Organization.

The five remaining candidates include Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), Liam Fox (UK), Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril (Kenya), Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea), and Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri ( Saudi Arabia). They had made the cut after the initial longlist was pruned from an initial pool of eight candidates.

The two finalists will be announced on October 6 and a new Director-General would be announced on the November 7, 2020.

Okonjo-Iweala and the four other candidates will present themselves to the members of the global trade body for voting in the hopes of securing the highest number of votes to succeed the current DG, Roberto Azevêdo.

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