WTO: Dangote declares support for Okonjo-Iweala

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has declared support for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ahead of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) election.

The third phase of the selection process for the next Director-General will begin September 7.

With less than a week to commencement, the Dangote Group Chairman canvassed votes for Nigeria’s former Finance Minister.

The business mogul declared his position via Twitter on Tuesday.

“In these challenging times @WTO needs the renowned skills and tested experience of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala @NOIweala to lead the organisation through identified obstacles and strengthen its position as the prime facilitator of international trade.

“A vote for her by all is a step in the right direction. I fully endorse the candidature of @NOIweala to lead @WTO”, he tweeted.

Also from Africa are Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt) and Amina Mohamed (Kenya).

Other candidates are Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia), Liam Fox (United Kingdom), Jesús Seade Kuri (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova) and Yoo Myung-hee (Republic of Korea).

In July, Okonjo-Iweala made presentation to the WTO General Council.

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