The African Union has nominated Mr Alan Kyeremanteng, Ghana’s former Trade Minister, as the continent’s candidate for the head of World Trade Organization position. Mr Kyeremanteng was selected at a meeting held in Addis Ababa in July.
Elections for this position will be held later this year to replace the current leader Pascal Lamy.Mr Kyeremanteng who is currently the head of the Africa Trade Policy Forum (ATPF) stands a good chance as Trade diplomats are pushing for Mr Lamy’s replacement to be African.
Pascal Lamy’s tenure at the World Trade Organization has been marked by Russia’s accession last month, disputes and a Trans-Atlantic row over aircrafts subsidies between Boeing and Airbus. His tenure has also been overshadowed by the failure to agree on any reform of the world trade rules.
Mr Lamy’s successor will have to deal with unfinished negotiations over trade liberalisation and competing claims from different regional and economic blocs.