Saudi’s Al-Tuwaijri frontrunner to become WTO DG

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Observer Report

Islamabad

Al-Tuwaijri will be up against candidates from several countries, including Britain’s former International Trade Secretary and Brexit proponent Liam Fox. Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, Moldova, and South Korea have also nominated candidates for the WTO’s top job. According to media’s reportsAl-Tuwaijri’s experience is unique. He started his career as a fighter pilot for the Saudi Air Force. He then joined the corporate world as a senior banking executive, where he was CEO of HSBC Middle East. Prior to that he had also worked for in J.P Morgan Saudi Arabia and Saudi British Bank. Currently Al-Tuwaijri is an advisor to the Saudi Royal Court in a Minister rank. Until earlier this year he was Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Economy and Planning, where among his other responsibilities was supervising the progress of Saudi’s Vision 2030. He has served as a member of the board of the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships, a member of the Supreme Committee for Hydrocarbons Affairs, a member of the National Committee for Digital Transformation since 2018, a member of the High Committee for Atomic Energy.