The reason America currently supports South Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee’s, WTO DG bid over that of Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has nothing to do with competency.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala is obviously more educationally qualified, and occupationally experienced, than Yoo Myung-hee. It is not even close.
Yoo has a first degree in English Literature, and a further JD in Law. Her educational credentials are nowhere near Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s. NOI has a first degree in Economics from Harvard, and a PhD from MIT in Regional Economics and Development.
Yoo is a minister, and former civil servant. NOI is a two time minister, an international civil servant, who got to the pinnacle of the World Bank civil service to become Managing Director.
She is also a serial entrepreneur, who founded Africa’s most successful polling firm, and sits atop the board of some of the world’s most successful companies, including Twitter, Standard Chartered Bank, and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.
Resistance to her bid has to do with the US election. There are 1.7 million Koreans in America and only 380, 000 Nigerians. You do the math.
The WTO Ministerial Conference has wisely postponed the final selection of the new WTO DG until after the US election.
After the elections, the US is likely to be more flexible, and I see Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala getting the job.
— Reno Omokri