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Okonjo-Iweala Makes History, Emerges WTO Director-General

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Okonjo-Iweala Makes History, Emerges WTO Director-General

Ex-Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has been appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).



A statement released by the WTO on Monday, February 15th confirmed the appointment of the 66 year old as the first female and African to ever lead the Switzerland-based institution.



Recent withdrawal of the South Korean Trade Minister and candidate, Yoo Myung-hee and endorsement by the United States of America has cleared the path for Okonjo-Iweala.

READ: Okonjo Iweala receives US government support for WTO 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.”

President Muhammadu Buhari who has always shown his support for Iweala getting the role has taken to social media to felicitate with her.

In a statement released by the President’s media aide, Garba Shehu, the President said;

“On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President @MBuhari warmly felicitates with former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr @NOIweala on her election as Director General of the World Trade Organisation @wto, bringing joy and more honour to the country.”



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