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WTO: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reacts to US endorsement



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The incoming Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Friday expressed appreciation to everyone who has contributed to the success of her campaign for the WTO top job.

It became clear earlier on Friday that Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister and World Bank executive, would get the job after her final challenger to the position, South Korean Trade Minister and candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, announced her withdrawal.

Ms Yoo made the decision after discussions with the U.S. and other major nations, a statement from Korea’s trade ministry said on Friday.

The US President Joe Biden then threw his weight behind her candidature on Friday in a statement of support.

In her first response to the development on Friday, She said, “Grateful for the expression of support from the US today for DG WTO. Congratulations to Madam Yoo of Rep. Korea for a hard fought campaign.Thank You President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for your unflinching support. Thank you friends. Love to my family.Glory to God.”

The 66-year-old will be the first woman and the first African to occupy the position.

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