Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Makes History as First Woman and African to Head the WTO

Former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, makes history as the first woman and African to head the World Trade Organization after confirmed DG of the trade body during a meeting of the WTO.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,66, who formerly served as Nigeria’s finance minister and spent 25 years at the World Bank, where she rose to the number-two position of managing director – was appointed Monday to head the leading international trade body as it seeks to resolve disagreements over how it decides cases involving billions in sales and thousands of jobs.

She was appointed director-general of the World Trade Organization by representatives of the 164 member countries, according to a statement from the body. The United States government had last week announced its endorsement of Mrs Okonjo-Iweala for the top job.

Her prioty Nozi has said would be to quickly address the economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and to “implement the policy responses we need to get the global economy going again.”

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