Republic of Benin has withdrawn its nomination for the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The country decided to back the nomination of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, boosting the Nigerian nominee’s chances.
According to ThisDay, Benin revealed its decision in a letter addressed to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Benin to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations based in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday.
In the country’s two-page letter, Benin informed the Permanent Missions of the Member States of the International Organization of La Francophonie (01F) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva of its decision to withdraw its candidate in the person of Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Benin in Geneva, His Excellency Eloi Laourou.
According to the West African nation, the decision to withdraw its nomination and support the candidacy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the person of Okonjo-Iweala was informed by the African Union (AU) decision to support a consensus candidate.
The newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying that credit should be given to President Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon of the Republic of Benin for his country’s decision to support Nigeria for the WTO DG’s job.
Benin Republic’s Permanent Mission also called on counterparts in the member states of the OIF to inform their respective national authorities that the nation has decided to throw its weight behind Nigeria’s candidate, Okonjo-Iweala.
The WTO had on June 9, 2020, acknowledged the nomination of Okonjo-Iweala despite protests by Egypt on grounds that the period of nominations had elapsed.