Saudi Arabia nominates former minister of economy Al-Tuwaijri for WTO chief

Saudi Arabia nominates former minister of economy Al-Tuwaijri for WTO chief

Riyadh (UNA-OIC) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced the nomination of Advisor to the Royal Court Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri to the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Saudi Arabia affirms its great belief in the multilateral trading system and the vital role of the WTO in this system, the Saudi Permanent Mission to the WTO said in its nomination letter to the Organization, stressing the importance of a strong system that enhances openness based on the rules of the multilateral trading system.

“The following communication, nominating Mr Mohammed Maziad Al-Tuwaijri for the position of director-general, has been received from the delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 8 July 2020,” WTO said in a document acknowledging receipt of Saudi Arabia’s nomination letter.

Al-Tuwaijri has a proven track record of practical experience. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from King Saud University (1998). He was the Kingdom’s minister of economy and planning, a member of the Council of Ministers and the Council of Economic and Development Affairs from November 2017 to March 2020.

He served as the Deputy Chairman and CEO of HSBC Bank for the Middle East and North Africa from 2014 to 2016. He was also the Regional Head of Banking Services at HSBC in the Middle East and North Africa from 2010 to 2014, and CEO of J.P. Morgan Saudi Arabia Company from 2007 to 2010.

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