Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that at least 79 out of 164 member countries of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have so far endorsed her bid to lead the crisis-hit organization.
“I feel the wind behind my back,” adding that a group of Caribbean and Pacific states had also said they would back her candidature for the WTO top job.
She is also optimistic that countries in Latin America and the European Union would support her bid for WTO director-general’s position which became vacant in August after Brazilian diplomat, Roberto Avezedo, stepped down from the position.
“We have had 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.”