By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee have advanced to the final round of selection to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
According to Reuters, the reduction of the field from five to two means, if confirmed, that the 25-year-old, Geneva-based trade body would be led by a woman for the first time.
The official announcement of the two candidates left standing is expected tomorrow (Thursday).
Okonjo-Iweala, also a former Nigerian foreign minister, is an economist and development specialist now serving as board chair of global vaccine alliance, Gavi.
She has said the WTO should play a role in helping poorer countries access COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.
The initial pool of eight candidates to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August – a year ahead of schedule, was narrowed down to five last month.
The organization aims to find a successor by early November.