Okonjo-Iweala Still In Race For World Trade Organisation Leader

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World Bank Managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (R) addresses media at a press conference in Colombo on December 18, 2010. The World Bank said it has opened another lending window for Sri Lanka thanks to the improved credit worthiness of the war-ravaged island. The Washington-based bank's Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced that the island will be eligible to borrow from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an arm of the World Bank. AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI

The World Trade Organisation has screened out three candidates in the race for Director-General of the global trade group.

Nigeria’s candidate, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is, however, still in the race.

The removed candidates are Mexico’s Jesus Seade, Egypt’s Hamid Mamdouh, and Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi.

David Walker, General Council Chairman of the WTO in a statement on Friday said, “Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all members.”

The second phase of consultations would begin on September 24 and run until October 6 after which the WTO would announce two final candidates and a new leader on November 7.

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