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    The Azura $1.2bn affair: Five questions for presidential adviser

The Azura $1.2bn affair: Five questions for presidential adviser

Ahmed Zakari, special adviser to the president on infrastructure, on Wednesday made a number of claims on the Azura power project. In a press statement, Zakari, who works in the office of the vice-president, said if President Muhammadu Buhari had cancelled the power purchase agreement (PPAs) and put/call option agreement (PCOA) that the Goodluck Jonathan government signed with Azura in 2013 [...]

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    Former UK prime minister endorses Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

Former UK prime minister endorses Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister, has endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general election.  The Times, a British newspaper, quotes Brown as saying Okonjo-Iweala has a record of delivering results in “the toughest of jobs”. This endorsement means that the former prime minister has chosen Nigeria's candidate over Liam Fox, former UK trade secretary and the British [...]

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    VIDEO: Okonjo-Iweala appears before WTO selection committee

VIDEO: Okonjo-Iweala appears before WTO selection committee

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) director general election, is currently appearing before the selection committee. Okonjo-Iweala is one of the eight candidates contesting in the WTO election. Watch the event live from Geneva below: https://twitter.com/thecableng/status/1283416516000718848?s=19 [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala addresses WTO members in Geneva

Okonjo-Iweala addresses WTO members in Geneva

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former minister of finance and candidate for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is currently addressing members of the WTO in Geneva. Okonjo-Iweala and other contestants for the office of the DG will be convincing delegates on why they should be appointed as the next chief of the WTO. Those running for the office [...]

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    Reps endorse Okonjo-Iweala for WTO top job

Reps endorse Okonjo-Iweala for WTO top job

The house of representatives has endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former coordinating minister of the economy, for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). At Tuesday's plenary session, the lower legislative chamber also called on other African candidates -- from Kenya and Egypt -- to step down for Okonjo-Iweala. President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated the former minister for the WTO [...]

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    How they stand: The final eight candidates for WTO top job

How they stand: The final eight candidates for WTO top job

The nomination process for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has finally closed, and all the candidates for the WTO top job are now known. There are eight candidates in the race; three from Africa, two from Europe, one from the Middle-East, one from North America, and one from Asia. In the race are three women -- [...]

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    WTO job: Competition gets stiffer for Okonjo-Iweala as UK presents candidate

WTO job: Competition gets stiffer for Okonjo-Iweala as UK presents candidate

The UK government has confirmed that it would nominate Liam Fox (pictured), a former cabinet member, to contest for the World Trade Organisation director-general position. Liz Truss, the UK trade secretary, disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday. https://twitter.com/trussliz/status/1280848320785678337 Fox, who served as UK secretary of state for international trade from 2016 to 2019 and secretary of state for defence between 2010 and [...]

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    ‘I can’t afford a PR firm’ — Okonjo-Iweala seeks volunteers for WTO campaign

‘I can’t afford a PR firm’ — Okonjo-Iweala seeks volunteers for WTO campaign

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate for the World Trade Organisation director-general election, says she is in need of volunteers for her campaign. In an interview with Arise TV, Okonjo-Iweala said some of her friends have been helping with media work pro-bono. If elected, Okonjo-Iweala would be the first African to occupy the position. "So far things are going well and I’m grateful for the [...]

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    WTO election: There is no AU candidate yet, says Okonjo-Iweala

WTO election: There is no AU candidate yet, says Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate for the World Trade Organisation director-general election, says it is false to believe that the African Union already has a consensus candidate. In an interview with The Telegraph, Okonjo-Iweala said efforts to get the backing of the entire continent is ongoing. "The notion that there’s an AU candidate at the moment is not true. We’re working extremely hard [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala: WTO has not concluded a single trade-negotiation round since 1995

Okonjo-Iweala: WTO has not concluded a single trade-negotiation round since 1995

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s candidate in the election for a new director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), says there is a need to revive the organisation to meet the needs of its members. In an opinion piece published by Project Syndicate, Okonjo-Iweala said the organisation has been unable to conclude a single trade-negotiation round of global trade talks since it was established [...]

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    ‘She is a fearless reformer’ — ECOWAS endorses Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

‘She is a fearless reformer’ — ECOWAS endorses Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This is contained in a document signed by Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS president, and seen by TheCable on Friday. On June 4, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala, former coordinating minister for the economy, for the top WTO job. ECOWAS [...]

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    ‘No rules against substitution’ — Nigeria defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO nomination

‘No rules against substitution’ — Nigeria defends Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO nomination

Nigeria has rejected the conclusions reached by the African Union's office of legal counsel on the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to contest for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organisation. In a note verbale seen by TheCable on Thursday, the Nigerian embassy and permanent mission to the African Union (AU) said claims that Okonjo-Iweala's nomination contravenes laid-down rules [...]

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    Report: AU legal counsel says WTO Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination violates our rules

Report: AU legal counsel says WTO Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination violates our rules

The office of the legal counsel at the African Union says Okonjo-Iweala's nomination to contest for the position of World Trade Organisation director-general violates its rules, Premium Times is reporting. The newspaper, on Thursday, quoted a June 15 letter addressed to the permanent mission of the Republic of Nigeria to the African Union in Addis Ababa. The counsel said the executive council [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala, WTO and Africa’s chances

Okonjo-Iweala, WTO and Africa’s chances

The announcement of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s nominated candidate for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which would now be vacant by September 1, 2020, and not 2021, following the incumbent’s decision to take his exit a year earlier was received with great excitement among Nigerians. This enthusiasm is in itself a reflection [...]

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    Benin Republic withdraws candidate, backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

Benin Republic withdraws candidate, backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

The Republic of Benin has withdrawn its candidate from the race to become director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and pledged support for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate, THISDAY is reporting. According to the report, the West African country told the permanent missions of the member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie (01F) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in [...]

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    Okonjo-Iweala vows to serve as objective umpire between US, China — if elected WTO DG

Okonjo-Iweala vows to serve as objective umpire between US, China — if elected WTO DG

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's candidate in the election for a new director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), says she is willing to listen to concerns raised by the United States and China to help both parties reach an agreement. Okonjo-Iweala, who sits on the board of Twitter and chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), told POLITICO that she [...]

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