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Uhuru: Amina is well-suited for WTO job

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today expressed confidence in Sports CS Amina Mohamed following her candidature for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization. In a statement issued by State House, Kenyatta indicated that Amb. Amina had immense experience with the WTO which will give her an edge over her competitors.

”Minister Mohamed understands the WTO, understands its processes, having chaired all its high-level decision-making bodies. For example, the Ministerial Conference, General Council, Dispute Settlement Body as well as the Trade Policy Review Body, ”read part of the statement.

Kenya officially submitted Ms. Amina’s candidature on 7th July 2020, handing the Sports CS another chance to take a stab at the position after her first candidature in 2013 failed to sail through.

Ms. Amina Mohamed boasts of vast experience in the organisation, having chaired the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference that was held in Nairobi from 15th to 19th December 2015. The Sports CS has also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and is the current President of the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

President Kenyatta has also put in a good word on her leadership and cooperation skills, ”From a personal perspective, my experience working with her over the years and watching her work with others has convinced me that she is an effective leader and without doubt, a master consensus builder. She listens to advice and works hard always to find common ground.”

The Head of State expressed confidence that Amina Mohamed’s candidature will be successful and will be a game changer in dealing with the evolving demands of the 21st century, ”Owing to her outstanding credentials, I do again strongly believe that Amb. Mohamed will enjoy broad support from countries across the world, with our pledge as Kenya not only to support her but to continue working closely with all countries on the African continent and across the globe to build consensus and a truly meaningful multilateral trade platform that every single country can benefit from”, said the President.