By Oyindamola Ruth
World Trade Organisation has confirmed Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new director-general.
The global trade body disclosed this in a statement on Monday afternoon.
The statement reads below:
“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.”
NGOZI OKONJO IWEALA REACTS
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has reacted to her appointment as the new director – general of World Trade Organization.
“I am honoured to have been selected by WTO members as WTO Director-General,” said Dr Okonjo-Iweala. “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,” she added.