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Kenya sports cabinet secretary nominates for WTO job

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Kenya has nominated a  Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed  for a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General’s office.

 Five   other candidates are contesting for the same office, including two from Africa.

She has been contesting for the same office for the last  seven years.

  Ms Mohamed’s candidature was  submitted to the WTO  on July 7 by the Kenyan government.

A Brazilian, Robert Azevêdo, currently holding the job expects to  be stepping down later this year.

 Candidates will meet  with the General Council to make pitches and answer  questionnaires.

Ms Mohamed, was  a Foreign minister.

In 2013 he lost the same job to Mr Azevedo on a consensus decision made by member states.

The WTO director-general is appointed through consensus decisions.

The decision about her candidature and others will be disclosed on August 31.

Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Egyptian commercial law academic Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Jesús Seade Kuri of Mexico, Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea are contesting the same appointment.

Ms Mohamed  wanta to be WTO  director-general  due to her experience with its key decision making organs.

 She was the Chairperson of the General Council in 2005, which is the highest-level decision making organ of the WTO.

She helped the WTO  adopt the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips), which is an international pact that helps poorer nations use technology from richer countries to make useful items like generic drugs, by avoiding  harm to intellectual property owners.

She was head of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body and Trade Policy Review Body.

She was vocal in the  WTO  “strategic leadership and effective communication” arguing the organization to use her strategy which expected would  make the WTO more responsive to  concerns in international trade.

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