ECOWAS APPROVES NGOZI OKONJO - IWEALA AS WTO DG
The Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) has approved Nigeria's nominee, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for position of Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Recall that on June 10th, 2020, Eons Intelligence had reported that the WTO received Nigeria's nomination for the position of DG.
ECOWAS disclosed in a statement that no African has assumed the position of DG of the WTO since it's emergence in 1995.
The regional body urged other african countries to endorse the former Minister of Finance.
The statement reads; “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government have endorsed the candidature of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), for the period 2021-2025.
“The apex body noted that since the creation of the WTO on 1 January 1995, which is a successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) established on 1 January 1948, no African has assumed the position of Director-General of the Organisation.
“The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government endorsed the Candidate of Nigeria noting “Her long years of managerial experience at the top echelons of multilateral institutions, her established reputation as a fearless reformer, her excellent negotiating and political skills, her experience of over 30 years as a Development Economist with a long standing interest in trade, her excellent academic qualifications, her positions as Managing Director World Bank, and currently as Board Chair Gavi, and AU Special Envoy to Mobilise Financial Resources for the fight against Covid19”.
“The body also called on other African countries as well as non-African countries to endorse her candidature."