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Nigeria wants transparency in selecting new WTO DG

The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja called for transparency in the process of selecting a new Director-General for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on May 31. Mr Samuel Ortom, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, expressed government’s position when Mr Roberto Zapata, a special envoy of Mexican President Pena Nieto, visited him. Ortom said credibility in the selection process would usher in a competent leadership that would take the 159-member global trade body to the next level.

Zapata was in Nigeria to solicit the country’s support for Mr Herminio Blanco, a Mexican. Blanco is vying for the post of Director-General of WTO. Zapata’s visit was a follow-up to a campaign mission to Nigeria on March 15 by Blanco, who is contesting against Mr Roberto Carvalho, a Brazilian, for the WTO top job. Ortom, while speaking, said: “What we believe is that the process must be transparent, so that at the end of the day the whole world will support whoever emerges to achieve desired results.

“Nigeria remains committed to ensuring that we have a credible process that will usher in a director-general of WTO that will move us forward.” He said the credentials of Blanco found him worthy and competent to shoulder the responsibilities of the office of Director-General of WTO.

Earlier, Zapata, said such a reform should be the one that would slant world trade in favour of the organisation’s developing member-countries.


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