At last Okonjo-Iweala becomes WTO DG, makes history as first African

At last the race for who becomes the World Trade Organization Director General has ended on a good way for Nigeria as Dr Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed for that position.

Her appointment was confirmed at a special meeting of the General Council, following a selection process that included eight candidates from around the world.

The tweet to confirm her read: “Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General.

“Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021.”

With the appointment Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has now made history as the first woman and first African to lead the WTO.

The road to her comfirmation has been a long one,Recall that she was the favorite for the job until the Trump administration last October said it wanted another woman, South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

In fact as at October last year, a WTO nominations committee recommended its164 members to appoint Dr Okonjo-Iweala as a replacement to outgoing chief Roberto Azevedo; a spokesman at the time said all had approved the appointment except one”

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However, what changed the frustration unleashed on the process was the coming of Joe Biden as the President of the United States.

It was the new administration of Biden that ended the deadlock over the next head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by expressing its “strong support” for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. 

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