In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, June, 2020

AU Disqualifies Okonjo-Iweala From Contesting For World Commerce Organisation DG

AU Disqualifies Okonjo-Iweala From Contesting For World Trade Organisation DG

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala nomination for the workplace of the Director Normal of the World Commerce Organisation has been faulted by the The African Union.


Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari withdrew the nomination of Fedrick Agah and changed him with Okonjo-Iweala.


Reacting to her nomination, the workplace of the authorized counsel on the African Union had stated that Iweala’s nomination was in opposition to laid-down guidelines as the manager council of the union in its 35th extraordinary session that was held in Niamey, Niger, requested member nations to current candidates to the AU ministerial committee on candidature by November 30, 2019, to permit it endorse a consensus candidate at its February 2020 extraordinary session.


Within the letter dated June 15 and addressed to the everlasting mission of the Republic of Nigeria to the African Union in Addis Ababa with Reference Quantity: BC/OLC/24/5056.20, the counsel stated the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala violates Rule (11), 1, 2 and three, Rule 12 and Rule 15(three) of the principles of process of the committee on candidatures inside the Worldwide System of the AU in addition to Council’s Selections Ex CI 1072 (XXXV), Ec CI Dec 1090 (XXXVI) and Meeting Dec 795 (XXXIII).


The letter partly learn:


“Throughout the February 2020 summit, the three candidates had been thought-about.

“Nevertheless, as a result of lack of consensus to agree on one appropriate candidate throughout the February 2020 summit, the manager council by way of choice Ex Cl 1090 (XXXVI) recalled the Ex Cl Dec 10T2 (XXXV) and endorsed respectively the candidates from Benin, Egypt and Nigeria as shortlisted for the publish of the director-general of the WTO (the names of the candidates had been integrated within the report of the committee on worldwide candidatures introduced to the manager council).

“Furthermore, it requested the ministerial committee on African candidatures inside the worldwide system to contemplate the matter and report back to the manager council’s third extraordinary session with a view to agreeing on a single candidate.”

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Some situations for nomination of candidates are;


“All candidatures shall be submitted to the committee, by way of the AU fee (the political affairs division). The political affairs division ought to acknowledge receipt containing the date and the stamp of submission.

“Candidatures shall be submitted to the fee no less than two (2) months previous to the periods of the manager council, which shall contemplate them. The submission shall be accompanied by related info associated to the submitted candidatures, together with the character of every publish, date and place of elections.

“The situation on which candidate submission could also be accepted after the deadline is when no different candidatures for the place have been submitted within the prescribed time; the submission of candidatures has been closed; and there are extra vacancies reserved for Africa than the submissions acquired, amongst others”.


The counsel added that the Govt Council had endorsed the nominations of Fedrick Agah, Eloi Laourou and Abdulhameed Mamdouh earlier than Nigeria sought to substitute its nomination. It was additional learnt Okonjo-Iweala didn’t meet the submission deadline and there are not any extra vacancies into which Nigeria could make nomination.


Nevertheless, the World Commerce Organisation (WTO) appears unbothered because it has named Mrs Okonjo-Iweala among the many three candidates “whose nominations have to this point been accepted” to vie for the highest place.


The WTO’s Normal Council Chair, David Walker of New Zealand, introduced the shortlist.


The chair stated Mrs Okonjo-Iweala can be squaring up in opposition to the Mexican consultant, Jesús Seade Kuri, and Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt.

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