WTO:  With 9 Days to Take Office as DG, Okonjo-Iweala again Meets with U.S. Road Block 

*Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Barely nine days in the kitty for her to take office as director-general of World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has again come face-to-face with U.S. road block.

Despite the wide support for her, the United States  of America, USA, said it would not support the appointment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, as the World Trade Organisation, WTO, Director-General, DG.

Similarly, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has pushed for South Korea’s candidate, Yoo Myung-hee.

Giving reasons, Lighthizer reportedly said he viewed Okonjo-Iweala as being too close to pro-trade internationalists in Washington like Robert Zoellick, a former USTR who worked with Okonjo-Iweala when he was President of the World Bank.

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Recall that all 27 EU governments agreed on Monday in Brussels to support Okonjo-Iweala, over Yoo Myung-hee, of South Korea.

Also, she was expected to be announced the WTO DG on or before November 7.

*Courtesy: VANGUARD

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