The former minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has reacted to her current appointment as the first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation WTO.
Okonjo-Iweala, who stated this after her appointment, said: “I am honored to have been selected by WTO members as WTO Director-General.
“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 organisation faces a great many challenges but working together, and we can collectively make the WTO stronger, more agile and better adapted to the realities of today.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other good wishes to congratulate the former minister on her appointment as the Director-General, World Trade Organisation WTO.
Buhari, who took to his Twitter handle to congratulate the newly appointed DG, said: “On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, I congratulate @NOIweala on her election as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, bringing joy and more honor to the country.
“I believe her track record of integrity, diligence and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind, and that she will validate the global mandate of repositioning and strengthening the WTO for the greater good of all.”
Okonjo-Iweala’s will succeed Roberto Azevêdo, who left office on 31 August 2020. Her confirmation follows the unanimous selection of WTO’s 164 members’ after prolonged deliberations.
Okonjo-Iweala’s term will terminate on 31 August 2025, although renewable.