The path has been cleared for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization after South Korea’s candidate pulled out of the race for the job.
Ms Okonja-Iweala said there was vital work ahead, and called on everybody to pull together.
Her comments came after the South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee withdrew her candidacy following consultations with the US her main backer and other countries.
The process of choosing the new World Trade Organization head is done by consensus, and has been deadlocked since October, when the Trump administration in effect blocked the appointment of Ms Okonjo-Iweala.
The new American administration has not yet commented on whether it will now end its opposition to Ms Okonjo-Iweala.