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History made as Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes Director-General of WTO



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.

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“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.

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession, He is a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, He enjoys hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.