Amina urges foreign diplomats in Kenya to back her WTO bid

 Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo during the opening of the World Trade Organization Summit in Nairobi on December 15, 2015/ REUTERS

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has urged ambassadors and high commissioners based in Kenya to support her WTO Director General bid.

In different virtual meetings, Amina said she’s determined to facilitate WTO reforms.

The meetings with diplomatic envoys from Africa, Middle East and Asia  were hosted by Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo to introduce CS Amina as Candidate for Director General WTO.

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.

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

“I have spent a significant part of my career advocating a liberalised trade system that will benefit all countries, particularly ours on the continent,” Amina said when she was endorsed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July.

She also promised to work with other states to reform WTO.

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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