Making first In Global History, Okonjo-Iweala is Elected as DG of World Trade Organization Korea

Following a rigorous competition between Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea and the removal of five other candidates at various stages,

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was elected Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The resurgence of Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the WTO makes her the first African to handle the office,

as well as the first woman ever to occupy the WTO Director-General’s office since its establishment in 1995.

In July, Nigeria substituted its original nominee, Yonov Frederick Agah, with Okonjo-Iweala, and this proposal was challenged by Egypt and the African Union (AU) legal advisor,

claiming that the candidacy period had stopped, but the WTO stated that Okonjo-Iweala needed only the support of Nigeria, not the AU.

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She was one of three Africans who challenged for the position, Amina Mohamed of Kenya failed in the second round,

while Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt the first being, was defeated in the first round.

The European Union tossed its strength behind it a few days before Okonjo-Iweala was chosen,

while there were indications that the United States wanted Myung-hee to become Director General of the WTO.

However, several press releases have now surfaced that Okonjo-Iweala has been voted into office as WTO Director-General by WTO delegate votes.


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