The Nigeria nominee for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation and former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has defeated her South Korea’s trade minister opponent to emerge , as the new Director General of the World Trade Organization. She is the first female and first African Director-General of the WTO.
She defeated her opponent, South Korean Yoo Myung hee, with a wide margin and polled 104 votes from 164 member countries.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has broken the jinx as the first African to occupy that office as the DG of the World Trade Organisation.
This is coming barely 24 hours after a report published by WITHIN NIGERIA revealed that the European Union (EU) has decided to support her candidacy against Ms. Myung hee, who was supported by the United States.
Okonjo-Iweala received widespread support from Africa and other continents before the election which took place today October 28.
Her victory comes days after European Union member nations backed her candidacy against Ms. Myung hee, who was supported by the United States.
The official announcement is expected to be made by the WTO at 3pm Nigerian time today.