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Three Women In Final Five For WTO leadership race

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 30JAN10 – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank, Washington DC; Global Agenda Council on Corruption, is captured during the session ‘Zero Option for Corruption’ in the Congress Centre of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2010.
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Three women, including two from Africa, are in the second round of the selection process for the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation, the Geneva-based body said on Friday.

The announcement coms as the field was cut from eight to five, in the search for a new director-general to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo.

Azevedo stepped down a year earlier than expected at the end of August.

The 25-year-old trade body has never had a leader who is female or from Africa.

The five to go through to the next round are Kenyan minister Amina Mohamed, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri and British ex-minister Liam Fox.

The WTO has said it wants to select the winner by early November.

“The objective is to have this process completed within 2 months – it began on 7 September so on or about 7 November, so we are on track for this. The process has gone smoothly,” WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell told reporters.

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