Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s candidate for the World Trade Organization’s director-general has been selected as one of the two final candidates contesting for the position.

World Trade Organization  members selected two final candidates, Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee,  to advance to the final round in the race to lead trade body.

According to reports by Bloomberg, history will be made, as the WTO is set to have its first female director in its 25 years of existing.

Myung-hee is South Korea’s trade minister, who has 25-year career in government, she helped to expand her country’s trade network through bilateral accords with the United States, China and the United Kingdom.

Okonjo-Iweala has served as Nigeria’s finance minister and one term as foreign affairs minister, while Myung-hee is South Korea’s trade minister.

She has helped expand her country’s trade network through bilateral accords with the China, United Kingdom and the U tied States.

Meanwhile, the WTO General Council Chairman, David Walker planned to officially announce the results to the institution’s delegates on Thursday morning in Geneva.



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