The United States of America has blocked the appointment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, saying it is not supporting her candidature.
According to Reuters, the WTO’s bid to pick its new leader has been plunged into uncertainties because of this reason.
The three ambassadors of WTO, whose responsibility is to get a new leader for the organization, had decided that Okonjo-Iweala is fit and should become the next DG after securing many backings from member countries.
However, after more than four-month selection, their decision awaits the approval of WTO members.
In a meeting on Wednesday, the head of the WTO ambassadors relayed their recommendation to WTO members.
But the United States kicked against it, noting it didn’t back the Nigerian.
Because the decision needs to be approved by a consensus, any WTO member can block the nomination.
“One delegation could not support the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi and said they would continue to support South Korean minister Yoo. That delegation was the United States of America,” WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell told reporters at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva after the closed-door meeting.
The organization has set a meeting for November 9, 2020, less than a week after the U.S. presidential election, to settle the matter.
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