In a tweet after the head of delegates meeting on Wednesday in Geneva, the WTO said the result of the consultations is now out.
After the meeting, WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell said: “the candidate that had the best chance of attaining a consensus of the membership is Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria. Consultations on the way forward will start immediately”.
HowAfrica had reported that Okonjo-Iweala had the most votes from member countries and was the favourite for the top job.
The US has, however, opposed the selection of Okonjo-Iweala, leaning towards the South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee.
The WTO will reconvene in November 2020 to decide the way forward.