EU Ambassador to Kenya endorses Amina’s WTO Director General bid

Sports CS Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s candidate for WTO Director General post/ COURTESY

European Union Ambassador in Kenya Simon Mordue has endorsed Sports CS Amina Mohamed for WTO Director General post.

In a tweet after a virtual meeting organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with CS Amina, Mordue said Amina had a “compelling presentation from a strong candidate”.

“I believe firmly that her leadership, vision and skills would be a huge asset for WTO and the world,” Mordue said.

Ambassador Mordue heads the European Union Delegation to Kenya.

Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo hosted the European group of envoys in a conversation with CS Amina on her candidature and reform agenda for the WTO if elected Director General.

She also held other meetings with various foreign diplomats in Kenya from Middle East, Asia, Americas and Africa.

“The role of the DG is that of a facilitator. This means exercising leadership and listening. It demands both an understanding of complex and difficult issues and the stature to deal with them at a high political level and It means building bridges among members,” Amina told the European delegation on Friday.

In a meeting with Middle East ambassadors, Amina said she will facilitate the determined to effect the trade agency reforms in an inclusive trading system.

Speaking to the Asian diplomats, Amina said her vision for the WTO is summed up in three words: Reform, Recovery and Renewal. Her top priorities are reforms on the global agency’s rules and procedures to renew members’ confidence in the multilateral trading system.

She also spoke to the African Group of Ambassadors on her vision for WTO if elected on post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

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In the past, Amina has promised to revitalise WTO if she’s selected the next Director General.

She will face seven other nominated candidates. They are Jesús Seade Kuri of Mexico, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), Yoo Myung-hee (Korea), Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia) and Liam Fox (UK).

This will be the second time Amina will try her shot after her unsuccessful April 2013 bid, where she reached the third round of consensus building.

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