Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has landed an endorsement from the East African Community in the race to head the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The announcement came on Sunday, just two days before the global commercial regulator announces the final shortlist of two contenders for the final round of the race.

Rwanda's Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta, the current chairman of the East African Council of Ministers, stated that Ms Mohamed had received support from member countries following a request by President Paul Kagame for her endorsement.

"Reference is made to the favourable responses received from all states of the East African Community on the…request to support the candidature of the Republic of Kenya to the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation," the statement by Mr Biruta read in part.


Competitors

"I would like to inform you that the Ambassador Amina C. Mohamed is endorsed as the candidate of the East African Community to the post of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation," Mr Biruta wrote to counterparts in Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan," it continued.
Ms Mohammed is competing against Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Ms Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea, Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia and Dr Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.
WTO will decide which two candidates from these five will compete in the final leg that will culminate in the announcement of a new director-general by December this year.