WTO: Okonjo-Iweala emerges as first female, African DG

…New D-G lists priorities 
…”She brought more honour to Nigeria” – Buhari

Following the convening of the special council general meeting of the World Trade Organisation, (WTO), its members yesterday agreed by consensus to select Dr. Okonjo-Iweala as the organisation’s seventh Director-General.

The official announcement was made by the global trade body via social media, as it tweeted: “Breaking: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO. Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021”.

By her appointment, 66-yr-old Okonjo-Iweala  becomes the first woman to ever lead the Switzerland-based institution and the first African citizen to take on the role.

Her term, which is renewable, will expire on 31 August 2025.

The newly appointed World Trade Organisation Director General, Okonjo-Iweala, said a key priority for her would be to work with members to quickly address the economic and health consequences brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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