Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala gets more support to become first woman and African to lead WTO

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has received more support in her bid to become the first ever woman and African Chief of the World Trade Organization.

The name of 66-year-old Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to replace Roberto Azevêdo as the next WTO Director-General, has been proposed by a key group of WTO ambassadors, known as “troika”. It must be noted that Azevêdo stepped down from the top post on August 31, 2020, a year before the expiry of his mandate.

“I feel I can solve the problems. I’m a known reformer, not someone who talks about it. I’ve actually done it both at the World Bank and in my country,” said Okonjo-Iweala.

Okonjo-Iweala, who is in the running against South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee, has received endorsements from various countries and bodies, including ECOWAS and the African Union.

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