From the shore of the Mediterranean Sea to the fringe of Cape Town, Africans are celebrating that an Igbo Amazon, Nigerian representative, African icon, and World guru, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been confirmed as the first woman to be next Director-General of the World Trade Organization, after months of Trump’s conspiracy to impose Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea as the DG WTO.
Expressing her joy for the appointment, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala said, “A strong WTO is vital if we are to recover fully and rapidly from the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to working with members to shape and implement the policy responses we need to get the global economy going again. Our organization faces a great many challenges but working together we can collectively make the WTO stronger, more agile, and better adapted to the realities of today.”
As the first African to become DG WTO, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala will steer the ship of the WTO from 1st March 2021 to 31st August 2025. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was the former Minister of Finance in Nigeria.