Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has failed to advance to the final round of the race to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Mohamed was among the five candidates eyeing the WTO director-general’s position alongside Liam Fox (United Kingdom), Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria), and Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea).
The CS suffered a blow after the European Union (EU), which consists of 27 members, endorsed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea.
She had the full support of President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the East African Community (EAC) who had endorsed her as their preferred candidate for DG’s position.
The EAC members are Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Sudan.
According to Bloomberg News, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria) and Yoo Myung-hee (South Korea) are now the only two candidates to reach the final round.
Okonjo-Iweala, who served as Nigeria’s Finance minister for two years and one term as Foreign Affairs minister, has experience working in international governance bodies as a former managing director of the World Bank and chairperson of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.
Yoo is South Korea’s Trade minister. During her 25-year career in government, she has helped to expand her country’s trade network through bilateral accords with China, the UK, and the US.
The director-general, who is appointed by WTO members for a four-year term, heads a secretariat of about 700 staff. He/she is responsible for supervising and directing the organisation’s administration.
The new DG of the 164 WTO member states will be announced by December.