“Trade is the engine of peace and prosperity. A rules-based international order is its only safeguard. Now more than ever, the WTO must uphold the rules of engagement.”
H.E. Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri

Statement by H.E. Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri

“I would like to thank all WTO Member States for their tireless efforts to reach a consensus on the final two candidates for the next position of Director-General. This role has never been more important; the new leadership of the WTO has a critical role to play in our common future.

Regardless of the final outcome, I am extremely confident that either Ms. Yoo Myung-hee or Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will steer the WTO in the right direction, to the benefit of all, and I remain ready to play my part, if needed, in future developments of the organization. I would like to sincerely express my gratitude to Dr. Liam Fox, and Dr. Amina Mohamed for their participation in the race. It has been an honour to compete with them for this crucial position, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Never has the multilateral trading system and the benefits of the WTO been more critical in the current global climate, as our collective prosperity is threatened by the impact of COVID-19. As we enter a period of post-pandemic economic recovery, it is of utmost importance that the WTO play its part in reviving trade, particularly with respect to broadening vaccination efforts, reducing trade tensions and bringing nations together.

Despite this being the end of the journey for my candidacy as the Director General, I remain wholeheartedly passionate about the importance of the organization’s role in facilitating free trade and steering the world in the right direction as we enter a period of post-pandemic economic recovery.

I would also like to thank my country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its leadership and people for their steadfast support for my candidacy and for honoring me by promoting me as a candidate. I would further like to express my utmost gratitude to all countries and friends that supported me during my candidacy.

I will now be returning to my role as an advisor minister to the Royal Court and I look forward to continue contributing to the progress of Saudi’s Vision 2030”