Abuja (UNA-OIC) – Nigeria announced that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidature of the country’s former finance minister for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The West African country seeks to nominate its former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, to succeed Brazilian Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, who decided to leave the post in August.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government has endorsed the candidature of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the period 2021-2025,” the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement.
In a possible step towards uniting Africa behind Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature, ECOWAS has called on other African countries to support her as well, while the African Union announced that it will not reveal its candidate until July 8, the deadline for submission of nominations.
The West African regional bloc indicated that since the creation of WTO on 1 January 1995, no African country has been appointed for the post of WTO chief.