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WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by dre11(m): 4:53pm On Oct 16
Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence on Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organisation after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform.

“I feel the wind behind my back,” she told a virtual press briefing after the 55-member African Union officially supported her over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.

Okonjo-Iweala said she was thrilled to learn that “all African countries are getting behind me.”

According to her, a group of Caribbean and Pacific states had also said they would back her, bringing the number of countries officially endorsing her candidacy to 79 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO.

She also said she felt “optimistic” about her support in Latin America, and said she felt she had gotten “very good traction and good support” in Asia so far.


“I feel quite confident that across the regions, we will be able to attract” support, Okonjo-Iweala added while hinting that the European Union was due to announce its preference of the last two candidates “soon”.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, assured Okonjo-Iweala during her visit to Aso Villa in Abuja that he would do all within his powers to ensure she gets the job.

The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time whichever of the two candidates is successful in their bid to follow Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August a year ahead of schedule.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who served as Nigeria’s first female finance and foreign minister and has a 25-year career behind her as a development economist at the World Bank, said it would be good if WTO could also boast its first African leader.

“If that person is African and a woman, I think that is great. Because… neither an African nor a woman has led the organisation,” she said.

But at a time when the WTO is engulfed by multiple crises, she stressed that the new chief must above all be highly skilled in political and diplomatic negotiations, as well as at the managerial level.

“The WTO at this time with the challenges it confronts needs a very competent Director General who is able to have the political reach and stature to be able to do reforms and deal at very high levels.

“It is not only having those skills but having them all meet in one person at this juncture when the WTO needs that,” she said.

Even before the Covid-19 crisis hit, the WTO was already grappling with stalled trade talks and struggling to curb tensions between the United States and China.

The global trade body has also faced relentless attacks from Washington, which has crippled the WTO dispute settlement appeal system and threatened to leave the organisation altogether.

Okonjo-Iweala said she had broad experience in championing reform and was the right person to help put the WTO back on track.

“I am a reform candidate and I think the WTO needs the reform credentials and skills now.”

The initial pool of eight candidates for the WTO’s top post, which has been whittled down over two rounds of consultations, had included three Africans, and the AU had until now refrained from offering an official endorsement.

The third and final round of consultations seeking to establish consensus around one candidate is due to begin next week and end on October 27, with the announcement due in early November.

PUNCH

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by SmartProf(m): 4:54pm On Oct 16
Madam NOI is among the World best, that's why the world will always honour & give its ovation to her...Her achievements has been excellent that's why her market don sell worldwide...negative people who keep hating on her achievements should know that they are just spectators and spectators don't win trophies, which means they can only watch from afar as she continues to be decorated with more success. Best wishes Ma.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Righteousness89(m): 4:58pm On Oct 16
Congrats to Madam Okonji Iwela!
Congrats to Nigeria!
79 Countries Endorsing her is not Beans..

Having Said that!
The Highest Endorsement that can Be Bestowed on a Male or Female is the Endorsement From Above..
The Endorsement From My Abba Father
The Endorsement From My DADDY!

In all we do! Do not be Carried away by Earthly Endorsement and Support!
Ensure you Live the Life that will Get u Endorsed by Ths Ancient of the Days!
Ensure The Lion of tribe of Judah Endorses you..
His Endorsement is Final!!

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by GuyWise101: 4:58pm On Oct 16
Nna mehnnnnn It isn't easy to be endorsed by 79 countries, you must be perfectly qualified to even get upto 20 not to talk of 79.


Nna mehnnnnnn NOI is a perfect person who is qualified to be the leader of WTO.


Meanwhile Endswat and police brutality..

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by vincijr(m): 5:12pm On Oct 16
Congrats ma

But e for go me well say u put your mouth for this situation wey we youth the face so

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Racoon(m): 5:17pm On Oct 16
You dont need to market a good product because a good product always market itself.Congratulations in advance madam NOI.The world is awaiting your leadership of WTO.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Homeboiy: 5:21pm On Oct 16
undecided
Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Amotolongbo(f): 5:22pm On Oct 16
According to her, a group of Caribbean and Pacific states had also said they would back her, bringing the number of countries officially endorsing her candidacy to 79 out of the 164 states that comprise the WTO.

She also said she felt “optimistic” about her support in Latin America, and said she felt she had gotten “very good traction and good support” in Asia so far.
If she can get the support of the 12 sovereign countries in the Latin America, the envisaged numbers of nations supporting her will be 91 which is surely more than the 50% of the required vote.

I pray the hating countries like Egypt do not play the “morocco” on Nigeria

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Nbotee(m): 5:29pm On Oct 16
Racoon:
You dont need to market a good product because a good product always market itself.Congratulations in advance madam NOI.The world is awaiting your leadership of WTO.

Dis is the Gbamsolute truth....

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Luftwaffe(f): 5:38pm On Oct 16
79 out of 164 means her opponent has 85.

She has lost! Yipee! grin grin cheesy cheesy

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Rhapsodia: 5:41pm On Oct 16
Okay cheesy

Na small small...we will get there...
We move
Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Iamgrey5(m): 5:42pm On Oct 16
Luftwaffe:
79 out of 164 means her opponent has 85.

She has lost! Yipee! grin grin cheesy cheesy
79 so far

She can still do it.

A Nigerian is trying to open doors for future generations, please support her.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by GTkester: 6:39pm On Oct 16
Yoruba Muslims right now.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Okoroawusa: 6:42pm On Oct 16
Thank you Buhari for making this possible...
Ngoo shine na your time...

I Love PMB

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by GTkester: 6:44pm On Oct 16
Luftwaffe:
79 out of 164 means her opponent has 85.

She has lost! Yipee! grin grin cheesy cheesy



Afonja, that's the number of countries supporting her thus far. The Korean woman hasn't even garnered up to 50 countries.


You go cry tire!

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by JAMO84: 6:56pm On Oct 16
GTkester:
Yoruba Muslims right now.
You are still on this religion and tribal nonsense? The rest of the youths in this Country have left you behind. I am sure you're one old palm wine taper in a 5000 years old village.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by nickxtra(m): 7:05pm On Oct 16
Luftwaffe:
79 out of 164 means her opponent has 85.

She has lost! Yipee! grin grin cheesy cheesy
Jealousy kaput u for der

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by fergie001(m): 7:08pm On Oct 16
Where the US goes is importanter.......

We remain hopeful.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Bigflamie(m): 7:30pm On Oct 16
Righteousness89:
Congrats to Madam Okonji Iwela!
Congrats to Nigeria!
79 Countries Endorsing her is not Beans..

Having Said that!
The Highest Endorsement that can Be Bestowed on a Male or Female is the Endorsement From Above..
The Endorsement From My Abba Father
The Endorsement From My DADDY!

In all we do! Do not be Carried away by Earthly Endorsement and Support!
Ensure you Live the Life that will Get u Endorsed by Ths Ancient of the Days!
Ensure The Lion of tribe of Judah Endorses you..
His Endorsement is Final!!


Shey! na madness? what's all these?

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by slimabby(f): 8:01pm On Oct 16
Bigflamie:



Shey! na madness? what's all these?
As if you dont know righteousness89 again

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Nobody: 8:28pm On Oct 16
Wonderful.... Wish her all the best

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Fahdiga(m): 8:55pm On Oct 16
And the bitter Kemi Olunloyo is here ranting on how she will not win. bitter soul

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by olorunyomi25149: 9:04pm On Oct 16
:You dont need to market a good product because a good product always market itself.Congratulations in advance madam NOI.The world is awaiting your leadership of WTO.Dis is the Gbamsolute truth....
Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by 4x28: 9:23pm On Oct 16
JAMO84:
You are still on this religion and tribal nonsense? The rest of the youths in this Country have left you behind. I am sure you're one old palm wine taper in a 5000 years old village.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Ojiofor: 9:35pm On Oct 16
Okoroawusa:
Thank you Buhari for making this possible...

Ngoo shine na your time...


I Love PMB

Okoroawusa nwayo kwa inu go?

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Cyberterror: 9:35pm On Oct 16
At least, for going to beg Buhari for help, she should get our united support. NOI for WTO.

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Hndrrxxx(m): 9:39pm On Oct 16
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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by chewbacca: 9:39pm On Oct 16
She deserves to win.
Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by kenzysmith(m): 9:39pm On Oct 16
yhhis the person south east should be presenting as a candidate 2023 not that thieves like kalu,obi or okorocha

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by milkyworld(m): 9:39pm On Oct 16
The older the grape, the sweeter the wine.

She's definitely one of the very few good things coming out of this country. Shine on, NOI, shine on!

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Re: WTO: 79 Countries Endorse Okonjo-iweala’s Candidacy by Tiyi(m): 9:40pm On Oct 16
Nigeria to the world

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