The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has confirmed receiving the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala among candidates seeking to become the director-general of the organisation.
WTO confirmed Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy in a statement via its website on Tuesday.
“Nigeria, on 9 June 2020, nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who has announced he will step down on 31 August 2020,” the statement read.
The endorsement had since been faulted by Egypt stating that the executive decision of the African Union (AU) which had set a deadline of November 30, 2019, for African countries to nominate candidates had been breached.
The WTO on Tuesday noted that nominations are still opened until July 8, 2020.