Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril & Ngozi Okojo-Iweala vie for the position of Director-General of WTO amidst 5 others

World Trade Organization has recently been in the news since it announced its vacant position of director-general. Africa and other continents have not been left behind in the power tussle.

African women running for this post are Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril, a Kenyan lawyer, diplomat, and politician. @aminajmohammed is presently serving as the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage, and Culture in Kenya, and she was also a former WTO General Council Chair and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian-born economist and international development, expert. @okonjo.ngozi_iweala sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity.

The WTO is staging a swift contest to replace the outgoing Director-General, Roberto Azevedo. The Brazilian Career Diplomat is stepping down a year early at the end of August. The new leader will be taking on an institution that was beset with mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.

Other competitors are Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade secretary Liam Fox, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, Mexico’s former WTO Deputy Director-General, Jesus Seade Kuri; Egyptian former diplomat, Hamid Mamdouh; and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi.

Since the WTO was created in 1995, three of its Directors-General were from Europe, while one each came from Oceania, Asia, and South America.

For Africa it’s a win-win  situation, we give our best wishes to these leading ladies.


Culled from voanews

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