11th November 2020
UK government still hasn’t produced a lorry drivers’ guide
The postponing of a WTO meeting, scheduled for November 9, to confirm its new Director General is probably a positive step for the organisation’s future.
Most countries had preferred Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, but Donald Trump had preferred Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee. The EU, China, Japan and Australia apparently argued for waiting till President-Elect Biden can exert influence. This could ensure all the WTO’s major trading members united behind Dr Okonjo-Iweala.
There is no new date for the meeting. The WTO’s official statement blames the delay on “the health situation and current events”. Postponement till the New Year looks likely.