President John Mahama has pledged that government will do all in its power to ensure former Trade Minister, Alan Kyeremanteng gets the World Trade Organization (WTO) top job.
Mr Kyeremanteng’s bid has received strong backing from President Mahama as well as other African Heads of State.
However, despite getting the backing of the African Union and the ACP Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific nations Mr. Kyeremanteng has to battle it out with another African, Amina Mohamed of Kenya who has also been endorsed by some African counties.
This is aside the other candidates from other continents he has to contend with.
The candidature of the two has caused divisions in Africa amid concerns that having more than one nominee in the race could jeopardize the continent’s chances of clinching the prestigious position.
President Mahama has however stated that government will do all it can to ensure the former trade minister get the nod.
“Several candidates have come up but we are doing everything possible to support him to win. We had a solidified African position before and the AU had endorsed Mr. Kyeremanteng but Kenya came up with a candidate contrary to the position Africa had taken and they got ECA (that’s the East-African Community) to endorse the Kenyan candidate and so we are doing everything possible to ensure that our candidate emerges.”
According to him, “the thing about the WTO is it’s a world body that governs the patterns of trade and the regulations of trade and I think the time has come for someone from a third world country to occupy that position.”
The President opined that “I think Mr Kyeremanteng having been a trade minister in Ghana is well suited to occupy that position and so we will do everything possible to back him to get it. I hear there are about 7 who have so far been elected to join the race from South America, Asia and other places but we will do everything possible to support him.”