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WTO DG retains Okonjo-Iweala: Makes finals shortlist of three

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WORLD Trade Organisation members today removed three candidates from the race to be the next Director-General of the body, with Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala still remaining in the race.

  According to Bloomberg, they also plan to reduce the contestants to two final candidates in the coming weeks.

  The Geneva-based WTO said Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi did not secure enough support in a first of three rounds of voting.

  A statement released by WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker, said   “their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members.”

  The second phase of consultations would begin on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates.

  The goal was to name a new leader by November 7.

  It will be recalled that Okonjo-Iweala is a former finance minister in Nigeria and former Managing Director of World Bank.

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