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Thursday, October 29, 2020

President Trump Blocks Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala From WTO Director General Role

Nigeria’s former minister of finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has already started getting congratulatory messages for becoming the new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO)but the congratulations on the being the first African and first female WTO head are rather premature.









Despite being widely seen as the front-runner for the role and having won a raft of high-level endorsements—including from the European Union and key stakeholders within WTO itself, Okonjo-Iweala’s potential appointment is currently being vetoed by opposition from the Trump administration.


High-level US trade representatives say the country will not back Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy, citing displeasure with how the selection process has been carried out, Bloomberg reports. The US stance represents a major complication given decisions at the 164-member global trade body are typically based on a consensus. Okonjo-Iweala’s sole opponent for WTO director-general is South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee, who was the country’s first female trade minister.



The complication to Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment is the latest impasse engineered by the Trump White House at the World Trade Organization. The administration has blocked the appointment of judges to the appellate body of the WTO, effectively stopping it from functioning and hearing appeals on global trade disputes.

With talks expected between member states expected to continue, an appointment for Okonjo-Iweala, who has run a very high-profile campaign for the role, will have to wait until the Nov. 9 when the body’s general council is expected to meet. In the event that the member nations do not achieve a consensus, the selection of a new WTO director-general will be done through a vote as a last resort—a first for the global trade body.

For her part, Okonjo-Iweala’s potential rise to WTO director-general will be doubly historic as she will become both the first African and also the first woman to lead the organization. It will add to a stellar career for the 66-year old which has included a 25-year spell at the World Bank as well two stints as minister of finance in Nigeria. Okonjo-Iweala’s global stock has continued to rise since leaving public office in Nigeria in 2015: she has served as board chairperson at global vaccine alliance Gavi since 2016 and was also appointed to the board of social media giant, Twitter in June 2018.

From qz.com

57 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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    1. Congratulatory messages are coming because most blog announced the last milestone with misleading headlines. It took a friend explaining to me for me to understand that its not so.

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    2. Fingers and toes crossed. November is not far again naa.

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  2. What exactly is Trump's problem? Does the world belong to the US? Prof you are winning this, whether they like it or not.

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    1. Trump what is the colour of your problem?

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    2. He thinks the world revolves around US.
      I hope he looses come 4th of November.

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    3. Her affiliation to the Chinese is what stands in her way. Her mentor resides in China and Trump is ready to sacrifice his life to pull Americans out of the stronghold of the Chinese government.
      China is all bout socialism while the Americans believe in Capitalism.
      The story is too long to type. You need to read more political articles to understand what's really going on.

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  3. The guts on this man called Trump ehn

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  4. Racist Trump, because she is Nigerian.

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    1. I think he has a major problem with the WTO. They have been at loggerheads for a while now. I dare say he would have supported any Ngozi if the consensus was tilted towards the other candidate, just to cause chaos.

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    2. 10:27 and Ijeoma PH, I expected to read dumb comments from people who refuse to educate themselves.

      Ignorance is really nauseating

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  5. Because she's Nigerian?, it'll not work. Congrats ma, you go no where

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    1. Very dumb comment, it doesn't have anything to do with Nigeria. You have data but can't educate yourself. I taya jare πŸ˜πŸ™„

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  6. Okonjo-Iweala is obviously a more qualified candidate than the Korean woman na. What is wrong with Trump??
    😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠

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  7. He's not even giving a tangible reason to why he's pained about the whole thing.
    Well, whether or not he's in support, It still will not change the fact that an 'AFRICAN WOMAN' was a better candidate. He just has to find a means to living with that bitter reality. It's not NOi's fault that his white brethren didn't do better.

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    1. Hi. Are you Megwa C.?

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    2. Chisom, see what ignorance is doing to you πŸ€”πŸ₯΄πŸ˜πŸ€¦πŸΎ‍♀️πŸ™†πŸΎ‍♀️🚢🏽‍♀️🚢🏽‍♀️🚢🏽‍♀️

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  8. Congrats ma.

    God will shame trump.

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  9. Trump supporters how far??

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  10. Funny thing, Ngozi is also an American citizen. Trump is hiding some secrets..

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    1. Dem beef Adeshina now Okonjo?

      Wetin?

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    2. For Trump, the colour of the skin is everything.

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    3. Colour of skin in this? Why cant you guys just educate yourselves. Han Han 🀦🏾‍♀️🚢🏽‍♀️🚢🏽‍♀️🚢🏽‍♀️

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  11. This is so wrong of you Trump. So wrong of you. You couldn't consider her pedigree instead you were overshadowed with the mindset of racist....

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  12. Trump at it again. It won't work.

    Congrats Ma.

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  13. Okonjo is a corrupt woman. I have first hand experience of her and her American economist when she was minister of finance so I expect that the US has intelligence on her corrupt activities hence their opposition to her appointment.

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    1. Another angle

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    2. Lai lai Mohammed we have heard.

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    3. Finally someone that knows the truth heard corrupt practice no be here, plus allegedly imagine her ensuring nobody using lift apart from her during her time as minister and being paid in dollars, leadership qualities my foot.

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  14. By the time the next meeting to choose the next DG, he must have been voted out of office. We shall see

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    1. Shame on you @pinklady

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    2. Same thing I said this morning.

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    3. Trump is losing badly. Don’t know how any black person especially immigrants can support a racist man.

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    4. Stop listening to fake news aka CNN and MSM(main stream media). Get your facts right. Every state in USA is turning red. Trump is getting elected come November 3rd.

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    5. Trump should lose in Jesus name,Amen.
      He is putting sand in our garri.

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    6. A call for midnight prayers on Trump's head.
      Okemuo biko bilie...

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  15. She shouldn't worry. Biden/Harris 2020.

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  16. Trump is going to win

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  17. I am with TRUMP on this table.
    If Okonjo had gotten that job,l would have seen it as mere cosmetics.
    The economy of her home country is in shambles, where she was once a minister and didn't fix anything.
    She might use her Nigerian vibe to turn WTO,to Nigeria.
    So guys don't blame TRUMP, blame Nigeria's messiness.
    I LOVE TRUMP BECAUSE HE DOESN'T FAKE IT.

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  18. What will she be telling WTO, that she couldn't tell her home country ?
    LONG LIVE KING TRUMP.

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    1. Did you answer when I asked your age?

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    2. @ Baltika, my age, because of my entitled opinion or school me please ?

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    3. Okonjo had all the Kits for the WTO job, but her country Nigeria has no goodwill left on her balance sheet in today's world, like right now !

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    4. @celebrant. I actually read through to see if you had points but Nne eh, it would have been better if you didn't write anything.

      Now I understand why Batilka had to ask you your age.

      Try Google next time biko

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    5. I have time lol !
      Be objective at all times, hence your judgment won't be vague.
      I know it is a hard thing for most Nigerians to do, but just try.
      I really do emphatize with you.
      No hard feelings.

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  19. He wants to stop her? No, We have congratulated her on this and so shall it be.

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  20. Kemi o secretly envy this lady

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  21. Nigerians supporting Trump, use the same energy for your homeland. Someone who has shown that he is shameless and would do anything, as a con man. He is racist, makes no apologies and would find anything to ensure Blacks are down. Stay supporting a man who does not give a flying F about your existence.

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