Will an African candidate be China’s choice for WTO chief?



Jeans Nyabiage | South China Morning Post

Beijing is likely to favour an African candidate for the top job at the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) as US-China trade tensions  drive the body into dysfunction, according to an adviser to the Chinese government and observers.

Egypt has nominated Hamid Mamdouh, a former diplomat and ex-WTO official who helped draft an agreement on trade in services during the Uruguay Round of negotiations. Nigeria has picked former foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala while Kenya has proposed former WTO General Council chairwoman Amina Mohamed. Mohamed, Kenya’s sports and culture minister, ran unsuccessfully for the WTO director general post in 2013.