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Kenya Supports Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Bid For WTO

Kenya Supports Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Bid For WTO

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STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE OUTCOME OF THE SECOND ROUND OF THE PROCESS TO SELECT THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO) -DIRECTOR GENERAL.

Kenya welcomes the progress made in the process of selecting the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

While Kenya believesthat its candidate, Ambassador Amina C. Mohamed, was the most qualified candidate to steer this important Organization, we accept that the process has moved on without her.

Kenya expresses deep gratitude toall WTO Members for according Ambassador Amina Mohamed the utmost support throughout her campaign. The courtesies and valuable time availed to her, to meet all delegations and leaders, either in person or virtually; bilaterally or in the regional groupings, are most appreciated.

The WTO Membership has spoken.

In the next round we remind the membership that it was agreed that this would be Africa’s turn. Kenya therefore throws its firm, unwavering support behind Ngozi Iweala of Nigeria, wishes her the best and expects the international community to abide by this important promise,as the two candidates proceed to the final round.

Kenya upholds a rules-based ethos in managing the international system, buttressed by a robustmultilateral institutional infrastructure-including the WTO.

Kenya will continue to play an active role in the selection process of the next Director-General of the WTO.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

October 8, 2020

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