The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) General Council made history by reaching consensus and agreeing to select Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the organization’s seventh Director-General.
The historic appointment makes Dr. Okonjo-Iweala the first woman and first African to ever be appointed to the position.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala will start in her position as Director-General of WTO on 1 March 2021.
“I am honored to have been selected by WTO members as WTO Director-General. A strong WTO is vital if we are to recover fully and rapidly from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I look forward to working with members to shape and implement the policy responses we need to get the global economy going again.
“Our organization faces a great many challenges but working together we can collectively make the WTO stronger, more agile, and better adapted to the realities of today,” said Dr. Okonjo-Iweala.