Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed [Courtesy] 

Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed has secured a crucial win in her race for  the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General post after she was selected among five candidates to advance to the next stage  of the selection process.

The five candidates who have been approved for the next stage include; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea, Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.

In a statement on Friday, WTO General Council Chair David Walker thanked all the candidates for expressing interest, adding that three did not make it to the next stage.

“Throughout the six days of consultations it was clear to us that the entire membership is both committed to and fully engaged in this process. Members consider all (the candidates) highly qualified and respected individuals. I would also like to pay tribute to the dignified manner in which they, their delegations, and their Governments have conducted themselves in this process.

“Their willingness to engage, especially at these challenging times, has been greatly appreciated, and the Organization is in their debt. Their expertise and high professional and personal qualities are highly valued and respected by all Members. I am sure I speak on behalf of all of you in wishing them well in their future endeavours,” he said as quoted by KBC.

Resigning from Cabinet

The approval of Amina Mohammed means that she has moved a step closer to securing the post. If she wins, she will have to resign from her Cabinet post.

The next selection exercise is scheduled for September 24th and October 6th after which two candidates will be picked for the final selection stage.