By Oyindamola Ruth
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Finance Minister and new Director-General of WTO, has said that she was surprised that President Donald Trump’s administration could block my WTO job.
According to her, she did not see it coming because there was no indication that there was any problem with the US which interviewed her for the job twice.
“I think I was quite surprised when that came (opposition from Trump) because there was no indication that there was any problem with the US.
“I had two good interviews with the authorities and with the administration so it was a surprise. But that’s the way life works. When things happen, you take them in your stride and you move on.
“It was absolutely wonderful when the Biden/Harris administration broke that logjam. They joined the consensus and gave such a strong endorsement to my candidacy. They joined the other 163 members to endorse my candidacy.”