Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has made it to the next round of voting for the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) job.
The selection process saw three candidates miss out, as the Nigerian made the cut.
With this development, five candidates are still in the race for the WTO top job after securing enough support to guarantee a place in the next round of voting.
General Council Chair, David Walker of New Zealand, and his two co-facilitators in the selection process disclosed the five candidates who had secured the broadest and deepest support from the WTO membership and should consequently advance to the next stage of the process.
After due consultations, the selected members are 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.
According to the WTO, the candidates that failed to make the next round are Jesus Seade (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), and Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt).
Before the emergence of Dr Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s candidate, the African Union had backed Egypt’s candidate, Hamid Mamdouh. With his disqualification, Africa might decide to unite behind its most realistic candidate.
According to Amb. David Walker, the second phase of consultations will begin on 24 September and run until 6 October. In this phase, three candidates will be removed from the race while the remaining two will make the final round.