Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea to face-off for the new Director General of World Trade Organization (WTO).

GENEVA — The World Trade Organization announced Thursday that South Korea’s trade minister and a Harvard-trained former Nigerian finance minister have qualified as the two finalists to become the next director-general, ensuring a woman in the top job for the first time.
For the first time in its 25-year history, the World Trade Organization will be led by a woman.
The field of candidates vying to become the next director-general of the WTO later this year has been reduced to Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee, the Geneva-based body said in a statement on Thursday.
One of them will replace Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down a year earlier than planned in August after the WTO was caught in the middle of an escalating trade fight between the United States and China.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee
Happy to be in the final round of the @WTO director general] campaign,” Dr Ngozi Iweala
tweeted on Thursday. “Thanks, WTO members for your continued support of my candidacy.”
Okonjo-Iweala will face off against Yoo, who is the first woman to serve as South Korea’s trade minister.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Yoo Myung-hee
“Deeply grateful and honored to be selected for the final round in the selection process of the next @WTO Director General!” Yoo said on Twitter after the final candidates were announced