File photograph of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the new woman at the headship of the WTO as announced today by the world body
After all the high-level international politics, Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has finally been ratified as the Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
With the ratification earlier today, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who served as former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy in Nigeria, also made history as the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO.
A short announcement today, Monday February 15, 2021, on the Twitter handle of the world’s trade body says her term starts on the 1st of March 2021.
The tweet said, “WTO members took the decision to appoint @NOIweala at a special meeting of the General Council, following a selection process that included eight candidates from around the world,” the statement said.
Recall that during the administration of the former President of the United States of America, Mr Donald Trump who was defeated by the incumbent President Joe Biden, facts had emerged that the US under the leadership of the former US president did not fancy the candidacy of the Nigerian woman who has had outstanding career.