The list of candidates running to become the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been narrowed down to 5 after 164 members completed the first round of consultations, the WTO said on Friday.
Nigeria’s Former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala made the shortlist of 5 candidates.
The body dropped Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi in a first of three rounds of voting.
The second phase of consultations would begin on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates.
Those left in the race are: Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s former minister of economy and planning; Liam Fox, the UK’s former secretary of state for international trade; Yoo Myung-hee, South Korea’s trade minister; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril, Kenya’s former international trade minister.