US president, Joe Biden, has been asked to endorse former Nigeria Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the World Trade Organization (WTO) top job, Bloomberg reports.

Dozens of former US government officials have urged Biden to endorse Okonjo-Iweala, after the Trump administration blocked her selection.

The opposition halted the selection process because WTO decisions are made on the basis of a consensus of its members.

South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, on Friday also withdrew her bid to lead the WTO, leaving Okonjo-Iweala as the only remaining candidate for the job.

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Yoo made the decision after discussions with the US and other countries and took various issues into account “comprehensively”, including the need to revitalize the multilateral organization.

Okonjo-Iweala is now set to become the first African and first female director-general in the 25-year history of the WTO.

She currently serves on Twitter’s board of directors, as a special envoy for the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 fight.

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