Sonny Iroche, the Convener/ National Coordinator of the Abia Professionals Group, has charged the incoming government of President Joe Biden, to immediately grant the accent of the USA voting block in support of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization; hence becoming the first African and female to occupy that position.
It would be recalled that Dr Okonjo-Iweala in an election that was keenly contested with her main rival, from South Korean, emerged the clear winner.
But in a last ditch move, the United States representative at World Trade Organization took to the floor to insist that South Korea’s candidate remained a contender, and that Washington will not recognise Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for appointment as director-general.
In response to this, the General Counsel postponed its announcement of the new Director-General until a further meeting, after the US presidential elections.
Now with the defeat of Trump by Joe Biden in the USA presidential elections; Biden is now expected to amend, reconcile and right most of the wrong US diplomatic and multilateral relations, which had been damaged by Trump. Considering the fact that Dr Okonjo- Iweala is eminently qualified and emerged through an open and fair election.
Biden’s immediate endorsement would further endear him to Africa, the women constituency and all who stand for meritocracy in the world order.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to be the new director-general of the World Trade Organization would be a tremendous boost for Africa and positions her for one of the toughest jobs in the international system.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala had won the support from the vast majority of member states, including the EU, Japan and China, but not the United States.
We are now urging President Biden that as he has put as priority as his to do on day 1 in office the rejoining of USA to the Paris Climate Accord. He should equally place as priority the granting of the USA accent to the appointment of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization.