Sports CS Amina Mohammed In Race To Become Secretary General of World Trade Organization

Photo: Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed
Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed has been given the greenlight to vie for the lucrative position of the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Ms Amina is thus scheduled to vie for the position alongside five other candidates from different countries globally. With two of the said candidates coming from the African continent.  In a communique on its official website, WTO announced that CS Amina’s candidature had been submitted by the government of Kenya back on July 7th, and it had gotten the go ahead.


The candidates would be optimistic for a win even as they seek to replace the outgoing director general, Brazilian Robert Azevedo. All six candidates would have to meet with the WTO’s General Council for lobbying and to respond to any questions about their candidature. It I’d noteworthy that Ms Amina contested for the same seat back in 2013 and lost to Robert Azevedo by a consensus among member states.  The appointment is normally done through consensus, hence candidates will have to go through intense advocacy and lobbying to convince the member states about their suitability. 

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The decision about the suitable candidate to take over will be arrived at on 31st August this year.
The WTO was firmed in 1995. And it is an international body whose mandate is to effectively guide international trade and resolve any trade related disputes. It has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and it enjoys the finality of all decisions on cases forwarded to it.

Photo: Sports Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed

This years other contesting persons include Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala a former Financial Minister of Nigeria, Egypt’s Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh a commercial law academic, Mexico’s Jesus Seade Kuri, Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova and South Korea’s Ms Yoo Myung-hee. Kenya’s Ms Amina would be banking on her previous experience and service as the chairperson of the WTO’s General Council to bring forth her agenda and prove why she deserves the post. She will be getting the full support of the Kenyan government through the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Affairs to help her navigate through the lobbying.


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