Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed is among the last five candidates that have advanced to next stage of selection of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General position to succeed Roberto Azevêdo.
The decision was arrived at after consultations with Amb. Walker, Amb. Dacio Castillo of Honduras and Amb. Harald Aspelund of Iceland and WTO members.
The five candidates who were approved include; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.
They are down from eight candidates put forward by their home countries, the three who have been dropped are Dr Jesus Seade Kuri of Mexico; Amb. Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova and H.E. Yoo Myung-hee of Korea.
“Throughout the six days of consultations it was clear to us that the entire membership is both committed to and fully engaged in this process,” said Amb. Walker, who expressed his gratitude to all the candidates, including those who will not advance further.
“Members consider all the candidates highly qualified and respected individuals. I would also like to pay tribute to the dignified manner in which they, their delegations, and their Governments have conducted themselves in this process.”
“Their willingness to engage, especially at these challenging times, has been greatly appreciated, and the Organization is in their debt. Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all Members. I am sure I speak on behalf of all of you in wishing them well in their future endeavours,” he said.
In a statement, Amb. Walker said the second phase of consultations will begin on 24th September and will run until 6th October during which the members will be asked in the confidential consultations to express two preferences to the facilitators with the aim of bringing the number of candidates from five to just two.
Following this process, Amb. Walker will call another Heads of Delegations meeting at which the results will be announced to the WTO membership. The timetable for the third and final round of consultations will be announced at that time.
The ultimate objective of this process will be to secure a consensus decision by members on the next Director-General.
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