Posted July 9, 2020 9:28 pm by

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9- President Uhuru Kenyatta has endorsed Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General’s post, saying she is uniquely qualified to lead the global organization.

The President reiterated that Amina understands the WTO and its processes, having chaired all its high-level decision-making bodies when she was the Council chair.

“My experience working with her over the years and watching her work with others has convinced me that she is an effective leader and without doubt, a master consensus builder. She listens to advice and works hard always to find common ground,” Kenyatta said.

“I have no doubt in my mind that her leadership at the WTO will, without doubt, be a game-changer, that will enable this important institution to meet the requirements of its Member States and to better address the evolving demands of the 21st Century, and this, led by a proven consensus-builder,” he said.

Kenyatta further pointed out that Amina’s wealth of experience with the WTO and the multilateral trading system combined with her extensive track record in international relations and her political experience makes her fit for the position.

“Amina Mohamed has served this nation greatly across several ministerial portfolios. It should also be noted that Minister Mohamed chaired the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference that was held here in Nairobi and that was highly successful. She is the current President of the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development,” Kenyatta added.

Kenya submitted Amina’s candidature for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization, in which she is battling it out with 7 candidates from Egypt, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, South Korea, Britain and Saudi Arabia.

The World Trade Organization promotes trade for the benefit of all countries.

It is the only institution that provides a unique forum for trade negotiations and for the settlement of disputes among its members. It is also the only platform for the integration of developing nations into the world economy.

Amina, 58, first ran for the post in 2013. Her candidacy this time means there are three Africans and three women in the contest.

Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade secretary Liam Fox, former Saudi economy minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri and Amina all threw their hats in the ring in the final 24 hours before Wednesday’s deadline.

They join candidates from Egypt, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea, a WTO official confirmed after the close of nominations.

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