EU pledges its support to Okonjo-Iweala at her emergence as WTO DG

The EU has pledged its support to Okonjo-Iweala as the commission called for reforms of the body.

This is in reaction to her new appointment as the Director-General of World trade Organization.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission, described Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as a historic moment for the world, especially as the first woman to be appointed as WTO DG from Africa.

In a post on her verified Twitter, the EU President wrote: “Congratulations.

 “This is a historic moment for the entire world. I’m so glad to see a woman from Africa at the head of the WTO.

“Europe is fully behind you.

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“We support the reform of the WTO and will help you protect the rules-based multilateral trading system.”

The former Nigeria’s finance Minister was confirmed as the WTO head at a special meeting of the general council after a selection process that included eight candidates from around the world.

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