AU Denies Endorsing Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Egyptian Candidate For WTO Top Job

AU Denies Endorsing Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Egyptian Candidate For WTO DG

 

The African Union has denied endorsing any candidate for the office of the director-general of the World Trade Organization.

The organisation headquartered in Addis-Ababa said meetings to pick a consensus candidate for the office of the director-general of the WTO has yielded no result.

A statement addressed to ministries of foreign affairs of member countries, seen by TheCable, explained that the AU has not endorsed any candidate for the job.

The AU said this in a statement issued in Bern on Tuesday.

“As at present there is no African- Union endorsed candidate for this post,” the AU stated.

It added that the AU Commission, under the guidance of its ministerial committee, had made concerted efforts toward the endorsement of a single candidate for the WTO Director General post.

According to the union, due to circumstances beyond its control, the committee could not meet on three scheduled dates to decide on a consensus candidate.

The AU’s position, therefore, contradicts claims by the candidate from Egypt, Mr Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, who at a press conference in Geneva said he had been endorsed by the union.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva has also reacted to Mamdouh’s claims.

“The Commission, under the guidance of the Ministerial Committee, has made concerted efforts towards the endorsement of one single African Candidate for this post,” the statement read.

“The meeting of the Committee at Ministerial level was planned for three separate dates in order to deliberate on it, namely 2nd July, 10th July and 15th July 2020.

“However, due to circumstance beyond the control of the Committee, the meeting has not materialized to date.

“As of present, therefore, there is no African Union-endorsed candidate for this post.”

There are three candidates from Africa, including Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister of finance.

 

AU Denies Endorsing Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Egyptian Candidate For WTO DG

 

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