Breaking: Okonjo-Iweala Emerges WTO DG | CABLE REPORTERS

Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonji-Iweala has emerged the new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was chosen as the final candidate for the much-coveted role. She polled 104 votes from 164 member countries to defeat how South Korea’s trade minister Ms. Yoo Myung-hee at the final stage of the race.

She has broken many records, including becoming the first African to occupy win that office at the WTO.

Okonjo-Iweala’s victory is expected to be announced formally by the WTO by 3 pm today.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala received widespread support from Africa and other continents for her role. She was a former World Bank executive who has sat on the boards of several international organisations, including Twitter and the Global Vaccine Alliance.

Her victory came days after European Union member nations backed her candidacy against Ms. Myung hee, who was supported by the United States.

Earlier this month, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, chairman of the African Union, said Africa will ensure her emergence for the top WTO job.

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