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IT’S OFFICIAL: Okonjo-Iweala appointed WTO DG — first ever female and African

IT’S OFFICIAL: Okonjo-Iweala appointed WTO DG  — first ever female and African
February 15
15:21 2021

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been appointed as the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment was announced on Monday by the Geneva-based organisation.

“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,” the WTO announced on Twitter.

“Her term starts on the 1st of March 2021.

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“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.”

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All WTO member countries except the US had voted Okonjo-Iweala as their preferred candidate in 2020.

However, the United States said it favoured her opponent; South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee because the WTO needs someone with real, hands-on experience in the field

During the candidates’ presentation stage, Egypt had also kicked against Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination.

Egypt and the AU’s Office of Legal Counsel had opined that Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination violated the candidature guidelines provided by the AU.

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However, the WTO told TheCable that the former World Bank managing director is eligible to run for the office.

The former Nigerian minister for finance emerged from a shortlist of five which was selected from a pool of eight candidates.

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