Okonjo-Iweala Set To be Appointed WTO DG

WTO DG: Confusion trails selection process, as Nigeria persuades US, South Korea
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the frontrunner for the vacant Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, is set to be confirmed as the first female and first African to occupy the position.

The WTO made this known in a statement titled, ‘WTO General Council to consider appointment of next Director-General’, on its website on Tuesday.

The statement read, “The WTO’s General Council will hold a special meeting on 15 February at 15:00 Geneva time to consider the appointment of the next Director-General. The meeting will take place in virtual format.”

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Recall that the United States had extended its backing for the former Nigerian Minister of Finance under the Joe Biden administration, following previous disapproval by the Donald Trump administration.

If appointed, Okonjo-Iweala will be replacing Roberto Azevedo who stepped down from the position last August.


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