Candidates from the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia all of a sudden endured the preliminary of ballot in the race to lead the World Trade Organization, together with 3 other competitors, consisting of the 2 favourites for the job.
Yoo is now competing against candidates from seven countries - Mexico, Nigeria, Egypt, Moldova, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Britain.
Yoo is competing against British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a Brexit advocate, former Saudi Economy Minister Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, Kenyan Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former minister of finance.
The global trade body is looking for a leader to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down at the end of August.
The WTO, formed in 1995 is a rule-making body that guides worldwide trade and tries to resolves disputes.
The WTO had hosted consultations, dubbed "confessionals", with all 164 member states to determine which of the initial eight were the most likely to garner the needed consensus.
Three candidates from Mexico, Egypt and Moldova were eliminated from the list in the first round, according to the Geneva-based trade body.
The trade body was created in 1995 and has had three director-generals from Europe, and one each from Oceania, Asia and South America.
The spokesman announced that the second round will begin on September 24 and continue through October 6.
Trade experts and former WTO officials say the USA presidential election could delay the process, but the body is hopeful it can stick to its deadline. "The process has gone smoothly", said WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell.
Whoever is handed the job in the end will be taking over an organisation mired in multiple crises, and struggling to help members navigate a severe global economic slump triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisation is also facing attacks by Washington after cristicism from the Trump administration past year crippled the WTO's highest judicial institution, the appellate body.
The goal is to name a new WTO Director-General by November 7 to succeed former Director-General, Mr Roberto Azevêdo, who stepped down on 31 August 2020, a year before his term was due to end.