The Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is not interested in replacing Pascal Lamy as the head of the World Trade Organisation, when the Frenchman steps down in a year’s time, the Ministry of Finance said.
Okonjo-Iweala left her role as the Managing Director of the World Bank last year, to become the most high-profile member of President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet in an expanded version of a role she held between 2003-2006.
Reuters reported that in less than a year into her post, she ran to be president of the World Bank in April, losing out to Korean-born American health expert, Jim Yong Kim. It was the first time in the bank’s history that the United States’ hold on the job was challenged.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is not a candidate of the WTO. She has also not expressed any interest whatsoever in the position,” an emailed statement from the finance ministry said.