Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has finally been appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation(WTO).
BREAKING: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria is appointed as the next WTO Director-General.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala makes history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO.
Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021.
— WTO (@wto) February 15, 2021
With her appointment, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala,66, will be the first woman ever to lead the global trade organization and also the first African citizen to assume the role.
Recall that the US government, under Donald Trump administration, preferred South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee, despite Okonjo-Iweala being the choice of the majority of WTO members. The opposition suspended the selection process as WTO selections are made on the basis of unanimous decision of its members.
This process was on hold until Donald Trump handed over office and in few weeks after Joe Biden assumed power, Okonjo- Iweala was passed.