Geneva stressed the need for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to elect a credible candidate based on merit for the position of Director-General.
Okonjo-Iweala, who is among the eight candidates vying for the position, stated this while answering questions from reporters at a press conference held shortly after her presentation to the WTO General Council.
“Choosing a Director-General for WTO should be on merit. The best person should be chosen to lead an institution that’s having challenges.
“If it happens to be a woman, great. If it happens to be an African it’s also great. It should be based on merit,” she said while extolling the qualities which makes her well suited for the job.
“The WTO needs leadership and I’m someone with a strong managerial capability with the ability to forge consensus and reforms.
“These bundles of qualities in addition to my leadership quality is what I’m bringing to the WTO,” she added.
Okonjo-Iweala also spoke on various issues ranging from trade implication of COVID-19, challenges to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMSE) as well as e-commerce.