Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala is WTO new DG

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau

Expectedly, Nigeria-born Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has officially been named the new Director- General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Reports had earlier Wednesday indicated that Okonjo-Iweala was chosen as the final candidate for the much-coveted role.

Before the final vote, the former Nigeria Minister of Finance had secured the support of 104 of the 164 member countries and was set to defeat the South Korea’s Trade Minister at the final stage of the race.

Okonjo-Iweala has broken many records, including becoming the first African to occupy a top post in both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

She has therefore become the first African to occupy that office at WTO.

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