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WTO DG: African Union speaks on consensus candidate

The African Union (AU) has clarified that it was once but to agree on a consensus candidate for the placement of Director-Common of the Global Industry Group (WTO).

AU made the announcement in a remark on Tuesday.

“As at the present, there’s no African Union recommended candidate for this publish,” it declared.

The frame mentioned the AU Fee, below the steering of its ministerial committee, had made concerted efforts against the endorsement of a unmarried candidate.

It defined that because of instances past its keep watch over, the committee may just now not meet on 3 scheduled dates to make a decision on a consensus candidate.

The placement contradicts claims by means of the candidate from Egypt, Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh.

At a press convention in Geneva, Mamdouh mentioned he have been recommended by means of the union.

Reacting, the Nigerian Everlasting Undertaking to the UN, affirmed that the method of endorsing one candidate was once nonetheless ongoing.

“This has put to relaxation claims {that a} specific candidate has been recommended by means of the AU, subsequently, rendering different African applicants illegitimate,” it mentioned.

With the exception of Mamdouh, different African applicants are Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Amina Mohamed of Kenya.

The remaining are Jesús Seade Kuri (Mexico), Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova), Yoo Myung-hee (Republic of Korea), Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Liam Fox (United Kingdom)

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