Amina Mohamed fails to secure WTO Director General post for second time

Kenya’s Sports ad Culture Cabinet Secretary at the Office of the President, Harambee House, on July 9, 2020/ PSCU

Kenya’s Sports CS Amina Mohamed has for the second time lost her bid for the WTO Director General.

This is after World Trade Organization members selected Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee to advance to the final round, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

This means WTO will for the first time have a female chief in its 25-year history.

Endorsing Amina, President Uhuru Kenyatta had said she was uniquely qualified to lead the trade agency. She campaigned on a reform platform.

Amina unsuccessfully run for the post in April 2013 bid, when she reached the third round of consensus building.

Okonjo-Iweala served two stints as Nigeria’s finance minister and one term as foreign affairs minister. She has experience working at international governance institutions as a former managing director of the World Bank and as a chairman at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.

Yoo is South Korea’s trade minister. During her 25-year career in government, she has helped expand her country’s trade network through bilateral accords with the U.S., China and the UK.

WTO General Council chairman David Walker plans to formally announce the results to the institution’s delegates on Thursday morning in Geneva, Bloomberg said..

Others who did not proceed were UK’s Liam Fox, and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri.

The third and final phase of the consultation process will begin later this month and run until November 6, after which the WTO will name a consensus winner of the race.

Amina also failed to secure the African Union Commission chairperson seat despite a government-led lobbying across the continent.

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