Governments have until July 8 to nominate their candidates. These candidates will then present themselves to the WTO’s 164 members the week after.

These presentations will likely be done virtually this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WTO usually chooses a new chief by consensus. Voting is often a last resort. This year could be different, however.

It is yet unclear if the African Union (AU) will be backing Okonjo-Iweala after some member nations protested that her nomination had arrived late.

No African has assumed the position of DG of the WTO since it was established in 1995.