Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes The First Female DG Of WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former minister of finance, has been declared as the first female and first African leader of the World Trade Organisation.

mNaija recall that US President Joe Biden immediately threw his strong support behind her candidacy following pulling out of the only other remaining contender, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee..

Since the establishment of the World Trade Organisation, a woman has never emerged as the leader of the international body that deals with global trade rules, resolves trade disputes between countries and supports developing countries.

However, history has been made by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who has been appointed as the Director-General of the WTO.

Okonjo-Iweala during an interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN said: “there is a lot of challenges of WTO, deep reforms are needed, to rebrand and reposition the organisation.”

She added that she feels humbled to be supported by all the member of the World Trade Organisation.

The former Minister further stated that she is looking forward to how the WTO can bring a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic both on the outside and the economic side.

She noted that she would also like to work on inequity.

The development was confirmed on Twitter by organization.

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