According to Reuters, a key group of WTO ambassadors volunteered Okonjo-Iweala to lead the trade organisation on Wednesday, paving a way for her to become the first woman and African to head the global watchdog in its 25-year history.
The official announcement is expected to be made known by the WTO later today.
Efforts made to reach Okonjo Iweala’s spokesperson, Paul Nwabuikwu, for comments proved abortive as his line rang out.
As of the time of filing this report, He was also expected to respond to text messages sent to his line.
The candidacy of the former World Bank director received a vast increase as the 27-member states of the European Union approved her for the job over Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea, who is Okonjo-Iweala’s sole remaining opponent in the race.
The final winner between the two women will succeed Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo and former director-general of the WTO.