The Economic Community of West African States, known as ECOWAS, has endorsed Nigerian economist and international development expert, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
The appointment is expected to last for a period of four years from 2021 through 2025.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama announced this, in his Twitter handay on Monday.
“#ECOWAS has formally endorsed Dr.
@NOIweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation for the period of 2021-2025.”
“Also called on other African and Non African countries to do same,” Onyeama tweeted.
Recall that Egyptian government protested against the choice of Okonjo- Iweala after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) recently accepted her nomination for the position of its Director-General.
The North African country told the African Union (AU) not to recognize her nomination, as members of AU had been directed to nominate candidates for the Director-General position since November 30, 2019.
Meanwhile, the request to substitute Nigeria’s Yonok Frederick Agah with Okonjo-Iweala was made on June 4, 2020.
WTO, however, said in a statement released on Tuesday, June 9, that nominations are still open till July 8, 2020.
Reacting to the news, Okonjo-Iweala said; ”Thanks to the FT for this important contribution and for highlighting my candidacy. The WTO must be reformed to work for the benefit of all its members”.