The WTO is seeking a new director-general to replace Brazil’s Roberto Azivedo, who stepped down a year earlier than expected in late August.
The 25-year-old business board has never had a leader who is a woman or from Africa.
The five who are going through the next round are Kenyan Minister Amina Mohammed, former Nigerian Finance Minister Nozi Okonzo-Iwela, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Tuiyazari and former British Minister Liam Fox.
This on Thursday confirms reports from the Reuters news agency that Jesus Said of Mexico, Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt and Moldovan Tudor Ulianovsky were eliminated.
Aziveto’s successor will face a considerable challenge with increasing global tensions and protectionism during the most explicitly COVID-induced recession between the US administration of Beijing and President Donald Trump.
Round two, in which 164 members of the WTO will give their preferences from September 24 to October 6, will reduce the candidates to two. The WTO said it intends to select the winner by early November.
Trade experts and former WTO officials say the US presidential election on November 3 could extend the process, even if it goes against the WTO’s deadline.
However, the World Trade Organization stated that the process was still fine and that all members had participated.
WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell told reporters, “The aim is to complete the process within 2 months – it started on September 7 or started on November 7, so we’re on track for it. The process goes smoothly.” Is gone. “
Reuters news agency