Nigeria ’s Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala is set to become the new director – general of the World Trade Organisation .
According to Reuters , a key group of WTO ambassadors proposed Okonjo -Iweala to lead the trade organisation on Wednesday , clearing a path for her to become the first woman and African to head the global watchdog in its 25 -year history .
The official announcement is , however , expected to be made by the WTO later today .
Efforts to reach Okonjo Iweala ’s spokesperson , Paul Nwabuikwu , for comments proved abortive as his line rang out . He was also yet to respond to text messages sent to his line as of the time of filing this report .
IBABANAIJA had earlier reported that the candidacy of the former World Bank director received a huge boost on Monday when the 27 – member states of the European Union backed her for the job .
The 55 -member African Union had also supported the former Nigerian finance minister over her sole remaining opponent , Yoo Myung -hee of South Korea .
Okonjo -Iweala had also won the goodwill of a group of Caribbean and Pacific States as well as others from Asia .
The final winner between the two women will replace Brazil ’s Roberto Azevedo and former director -general of the WTO .
The initial pool of eight candidates for the WTO ’ s top post, which has been whittled down over two rounds of consultations, had included three Africans – Nigeria , Egypt and Kenya .