The Biden-Harris Administration is said to be pleased to express its strong support for the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
This is according to a statement issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative on the Director General of the World Trade Organization. The support message came in the wake of the Republic of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee withdrawal of her candidacy for Director General of the WTO.
“Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister. She is widely respected for her effective leadership and has proven experience managing a large international organization with a diverse membership.”
The Biden-Harris Administration also congratulates Minister Yoo Myung-hee on her strong campaign for this position. “She is a trailblazer as the Republic of Korea’s first female trade minister and the first candidate from Korea to advance this far in the Director General selection process. The United States respects her decision to withdraw her candidacy from the Director General race to help facilitate a consensus decision at the WTO.”
The statement reads further that “It is particularly important to underscore that two highly qualified women made it to the final round of consideration for the position of WTO Director General — the first time that any woman has made it to this stage in the history of the institution.”
And concluded that “The United States stands ready to engage in the next phase of the WTO process for reaching a consensus decision on the WTO Director General. The Biden-Harris Administration looks forward to working with a new WTO Director General to find paths forward to achieve necessary substantive and procedural reform of the WTO.”