Dangote, Helen Clark, Polman Back Iweala’s WTO-DG Bid. Ngozi Reacts

Africa’s richest man and the Chairman Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has thrown his weight behind Okonjo-Iweala’s WTO-DG bid.

He made this known via his official Twitter handle.

In these challenging times @WTO needs the renowned skills and tested experience of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala @NOIweala to lead the organisation through identified obstacles and strengthen its position as the prime facilitator of international trade.

A vote for her by all is a step in the right direction. I fully endorse the candidature of @NOIweala to lead @WTO.

Aliko Dangote

NOI reacts:

Thank you Aliko my Brother for these wonderful words. As a globally acclaimed Businessman your knowledge about WTO and your confidence in my ability to serve is much appreciated.

NOI

Earlier, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, had joined a host of others including Julia Gillard and Gordon Brown in backing the former Finance Minister in her bid.

World needs a functioning multilateral trade organisation. @WTO needs new DG w/ leadership skills to bring diverse nations together 2 resolve obstacles 2 completing a trade round & reform the organisation. @NOIweala leadership skills are badly needed there.

Helen Clark

Thank You so much @HelenClarkNZ for your faith in my ability to Work with @WTO members to move the organization forward. @WTO is needed now more than ever to help the Multilateral Trading System work for all.

NOI

Dutch businessman, Paul Polman, who is a former Procter & Gamble President for Western Europe, Chief Financial Officer & VP of the Americas for Nestle’, and later CEO of Unilever, also backed NOI’s WTO-DG bid.

The new director general of the World Trade Organisation @wto must have the political gravitas to reform, renew and tackle truly 21st Century frictions. I believe Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) is that leader:

Paul Polman

Refreshing to see Paul Polman’s assessment of @wto from a business perspective. Many thanks Paul for these insights and the confidence in my ability to work with members to deliver a renewed WTO.

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