Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, stated on Friday no less than 79 out of 164 member nations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have thus far endorsed her bid to lead the crisis-hit group.
Okonjo-Iweala, who acknowledged this at a virtual press conference, additionally promised to champion reform in the agency.
The ex-World Bank managing director expressed delight that the 55-member nations of the African Union had additionally formally supported her over South Korean Yoo Myung-hee.
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“I really feel the wind behind my back,” she stated.
In line with her, a group of Caribbean and Pacific states had also stated they would support her candidature for the WTO top job.
She was additionally optimistic that nations in Latin America and the European Union would assist her bid for WTO director-general’s place which grew to become vacant in August after Brazilian diplomat, Roberto Avezedo, stepped down from the place.
“We have now had excellent traction and good assist in Asia to this point.
“I really feel quite confident that across the areas, we can attract support,” Okonjo-Iweala added.