George Weah, the President of Liberia and one-time FIFA World Player of the Year, has backed Nigeria’s candidate, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
This was disclosed in a statement by the Nigerian Embassy in Morovia, the capital of Liberia, on Monday, September 28. The statement detailed the occasion marking the end of the tenure of the Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador James G. Dimka.
During the event, Liberia’s president, George Weah, renewed the call for regional cooperation between his country and Nigeria. He thanked Nigeria for supporting his country and assured of his country’s commitment to delivering good governance.
In his remark, Ambassador Dimka thanked the government of Liberia for extending support to the country, under the ECOWAS platform. He thanked them for supporting the re-election of Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Ambassador Dimka also expressed his gratitude to Liberia for its recent backing of the election bid of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is aiming the top seat of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). George Weah and Liberia became the latest to be added to the long list of global endorsements that Dr Okonjo-Iweala has received as the competition nears its peak.
Currently, there are five candidates left in the WTO DG race. Apart from Dr Okonjo-Iweala, the candidates in the race are Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.
The second phase of consultations began on September 24 and is set to end on October 6. In this stage, the two most qualified candidates will be selected for the final round of voting.