As the race for the next World Trade Organization hots up, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has endorsed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the post.
In his endorsement, Brown says Ngozi has a record of delivering results in “the toughest of jobs”.
This is despite the UK fronting a candidate for the post in former Conservative trade secretary Liam Fox.
“By backing Dr Okonjo-Iweala and claiming she is respected “across the whole of the world”, Mr Brown, a former Labour leader and chancellor, has passed over Liam Fox, whom Britain has nominated in the contest,” The Times said on Monday.
Brown’s endorsement, if it counts after all, is also a hit on Kenya’s Amina Mohamed, who has emerged as the frontrunner for the post.
Africa has fronted three candidates, the other one being Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh from Egypt.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister, now leads the board of Gavi, the global vaccine alliance.
Brown was a key player in the WTO, especially the Doha Development Round of negotiations was launched in 2001.